KAMPALA: The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has announced that the 2020 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results will be released this week.
This comes after the release of the results was last month postponed following the 42-day-lockdown announced by the President to stem the spread of coronavirus left schools and other institutions closed.
According to Patrick Muinda, the Ministry of Education spokesperson, the PLE examination results will be released either on Thursday or Friday.
Mr. Muinda says Uneb will brief the Education minister, Ms. Janet Museveni, about the performance of the candidates tomorrow at State House Entebbe ahead of slated release.
“Before exams are released, the minister has to be briefed. She will then tell us a suitable date for the release of the final exams but I can confirm that exams will be out this week,” he said.
Muinda further says that the ministry will ensure that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 are followed during the release of the exams.
The Daily Express understands that all Uneb and Education ministry officials slated to participate in the release of the results are required to test for Covid-19, and only those with negative test results will access the venue, which is yet to be revealed.
Uneb spokesperson Jenifer Kalule yesterday confirmed that they will release the exams after briefing the minister. This will be the first set of the 2020 national examinations to be released.
Uneb conducted both Uganda Certificate of Education (S.4) exams and PLE in March and Uganda Advanced Certificate Education (UACE) exams in April as opposed to the usual November/December following the closure of schools in 2020 due to coronavirus. A total of 749,811 candidates registered for PLE from 14,300 centres.
Senior Four and Senior Six results will also be released soon.
More than 330,000 students sat for UCE while a total of 98,393 students sat for UACE.