The Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has released the Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) 2023 results at State House Nakasero. 

The First Lady said that the selection of senior one students will begin on February 19, 2024.

According to UNEB, a total of 749,254 candidates from 15,859 centers (schools) registered for PLE in 2023 compared to 832,654 in 2022.

Of this number, 501,602 (66.9%) from 11,365 centers were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, and 247,652 (33.1) of the candidates were Non UPE.

Results of candidates involved in examination malpractice will be withheld, pending investigations and fair hearings by the Board’s tribunal; outcomes will be publicly disclosed.

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) announced Thursday that the number of candidates who scored in Divisions One and Two in the 2023 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) has seen a slight decrease compared to the previous year.

However, UNEB Executive Director Daniel Odong highlighted a positive trend, noting an increase in the number of candidates achieving Division 3 and above compared to 2022 results. Overall, Mr. Odong reported that the pass rate remains consistent with last year, at 88.0%.

“A higher proportion of the 2023 candidates passed in Division 3 and above level. Overall, the performance of candidates is comparable to that of 2022,” Mr Odogo said.

The examination body also registered a decline in the number of ungraded candidates in the 2023 PLE results.

“Division U (Ungraded) is awarded to candidates who have failed to reach the minimum level of performance that can be awarded at least a Division 4 They are not eligible for admission to the Senior 1 class. It should be noted that the number of candidates in Division U is quite high, at 88,269 (10.4%) and should raise concern so that they do not just add to the statistics of school drop-outs,” he said on Thursday.

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