The Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Dan Odongo has confirmed that 1,180,998 candidates for the Primary Seven, Senior Four, and Senior Six level national exams.
This is a higher number, compared to the 1,138,000 students who registered for the national examinations in 2019.
Even with the disruption of the academic year by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of candidates has gone up. There are about 43,000 more students who have registered this year, compared to the previous academic year.
Of the registered students, 749,518 are for the Primary Leaving Examinations. There are 333,231 students for the Uganda Certificate of Education and 98,249 students registered for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.
Amidst the COVID-19 era, there was fear that fewer students would manage to register for national examinations.
According to the UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo, this has certainly been a successful exercise. He says the PLE registered candidates, for instance, have exceeded the projected number of 720,000 candidates.
The high number of students who have registered, Odongo says, is a mark of achievement especially after the schools had closed for six months.
When President Yoweri Museveni ordered the immediate closure of all schools and educational institutions to curb the spread of COVID-19, an estimated 15 million learners in 73,240 institutions and 548,192 teachers were affected.
Breakdown of registered students
Odongo explains that out of the registered PLE candidates, 53 % are females, while 50.3% of the UCE candidates are females. At UACE level, 42% of the registered candidates are females.
Odongo says that UNEB validated and accredited a total of 457 new examination centres. These include 100 centres for both UCE and UACE candidates and 357 for PLE. This brings the total of examination centres to 19,812. Out of these, 13,971 are PLE centres, 3,662 are UCE while the UACE centres are 2,179.