More than 60,000 candidates in Universal
Primary Education-UPE schools failed the
2020 Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE.
The results released on Friday indicate that a total of 74,878 candidates
totally failed the examination and therefore were not graded. This represents
10.2 percent of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination in
March this year.
This failure rate is higher compared to that of 2019 Where 66,152
candidates were ungraded and therefore couldn't legitimately join any post-primary
According to data from the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), 86
percent of the persons who failed the exams were from UPE schools accounting
for 64,487 candidates.
This is in comparison to 14 percent in non-UPE schools or private schools which
is 10,391 candidates.
Robert Kulabako the Chairperson of the Luwero Schools Association says that the
high cases of candidates who failed in UPE schools are partly due to prolonged
COVID 19 lockdown.
Kulabako explains that several candidates never finished the syllabus while others
returned from lockdown but with low interest in studies.
Kulabako adds that the Ministry of Education assumed that learners were learning on
radios and TVs but many had no access.
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Disappointed with the performance of UPE schools, the Minister of Education and
Sports, Janet Museveni, says despite all the billions that the government has
sunk into UPE schools, their performance had continuously remained poor.
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Mrs Museveni attributed this to among other factors poor participation of
parents in the education of their children. She says parents in urban areas are
more involved in the learning process of their children, something that leads
to good grades.
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She however notes that the first target of UPE was ensuring that all children
achieve numeracy and literacy which has been achieved and the next move is to
strive for quality education that will see performance improvement.
Meanwhile, statistics show that schools in the eastern region of the country
for another year had the highest number of candidates who failed with the most
affected district being Namisindwa were 27.9 percent 1343(candidates) of the
registered students being ungraded.
Other districts that recorded the highest failure rate include Kween (24.6
percent), Kapchorwa (23.6 percent), Bugiri (21.6 percent) Buyende (21 percent)
Mayuge (22.4 percent) palisa (21.2 percent) and Sironko among others.
Generally, more candidates, have qualified to join the
post-primary institutions than the previous years. 659,910 candidates passed
the PLE compared to 617,150 the previous year.