Boys low Completion Rates worry Education Minister

Statistics from Uganda National Examination Board UNEB shows that in 2018 that 51.6 percent of the 646,080 candidates were girls.
Janet Museveni (L) shakes hands with Prof Okwakol, the Chair of UNEB.

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Education Minister Janet Museveni  has observed a  need to review the underlying factors for the failure by male learners to compelete the education cycle. The call was made after a report by the Uganda National Examinations Board, indicating that more girls are completing school compared to boys.

Statistics from Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) shows that in 2018 that 51.6 percent of  the 646,080 candidates were girls. UNEB data also shows that for the last four years, more girls have sat for PLE than boys.

In 2018, 324,963 boys were registered compared to 346,963 girls, indicating that now girls than boys competed the Primary Education cycle.

Speaking at the release of Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results for 2018, Janet, also the First Lady, says more girls completing primary education is a positive development for the girl child. However, she adds, the reasons that fuel drop out rates for the boys need to be addressed.

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The minister says while noting more girls enrolling and completing primary school is a positive development, there is a need to find out why boys are lagging behind.

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Responding to the minister's call, UNEB executive secretary, Dan Odongo, says they will conduct a study to generate evidence on why fewer boys are completing PLE.

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Meanwhile, in 2018 candidates enrollment also increased by 3.9 percent  in 2018 compared to 0.3 percent the previous year.