Education

Primary Leaving Examinations kick off countrywide amid heavy downpour

Primary Seven Candidates writing their PLE Exams (File Photo)

KAMPALA – The National Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) have kicked off countrywide on Tuesday morning amid heavy downpour in various cities and districts.

According to official figures released by UNEB, a total of 749,811 pupils were registered for this year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) across the country.

Over 14300 examination centres countrywide have commenced today with the first paper of Mathematics in the as Social Studies and Religious Education awaits in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, the candidates will write Integrated Science in the morning and English in the afternoon.

According to UNEB’s Public Relations Officer Ms. Jennifer Kalule Musamba, this year has seen an increase of over fifty thousand candidates representing 7.8% from 2019.

“From the total, 53% are females while 47% are males. The government of Uganda has this year also funded 513, 091 representing 68.4% pupils under Universal Primary Education (UPE) while 236,720 (31.6%) are non UPE candidates,” said Musamba.

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The distribution of examinations started on Sunday through Monday and all regions and districts have received their packages.

In a media briefing held in Kampala on Friday last week, Ms. Kalule said that the board commissioned a total of 50800 field personnel who will be involved in the field conduct of PLE examinations throughout the country which include district monitors, scouts, supervisors and invigilators.

“To ensure security of examination, the candidates and those conducting the examination, unspecified number of security officers have also been deployed to carry out overt and covert operations,” said Kasule.


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