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New Schools In Kampala, Wakiso Perform Well In PLE

Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB released the results today, showing boys out-performing girls. Overall, there were over 60,000 first grades with significant numbers coming from Wakiso and Kampala districts.

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New schools have performed well, adding to the good performance of Kampala and Wakiso schools in the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) released the results today, showing boys out-performing girls. Overall, there were over 60,000 first grades with significant numbers coming from Wakiso and Kampala districts.

Nationwide, Wakiso is the best with 12,784 in division one and 23,450 in division two. In Kampala, 8,622 were in division one while 14,136 pupils in division two.

In Kampala, there are several schools whose candidates sat PLE for the first time, and among these is Dream School Africa Naalya. Out of 58 candidates 40 got first grades, while their sister school in Kamwokya got 32 first grades and only 4 second grades.

Asked why a school like Dream performs very well on first attempt compared to many other schools especially upcountry, their Public Relations Officer, Julius Murungi attributes their success to focus on teaching and teamwork.  

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Meanwhile, Hillside Nursery and Primary School Naalya, which was the best in 2017 also did very well in 2018. Out of 385 candidates, 376 scored first grade and only five were in Division Two.

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Hillside's Primary Seven Coordinator, Onesmas Mwebesa, says while all their students did well, the boys performed better than girls. He attributes the girls' relatively poor performance to various distractions unlike boys.

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Nationally, boys outperformed girls but in numerical terms more girls sat for PLE than boys.

Meanwhile, as teachers and pupils of several schools in Kampala are happy with the results, some are in a foul mood after registering lower than expected results.

At Kamwokya Primary School, the headteacher Jane Kasiime Twesigye says their performance improved significantly compared to the previous year.

Twesigye says although they are yet to get the full result, many had scored first grade, noting that most of their pupils come from the bottom-of-the-pyramid.

At Hormisdallen Primary School, also in Kamwokya, the teachers were mute about their school's performance by the time URN visited.

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