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2023 PLE Results: UNEB records decline in overall performance, over 80,000 candidates fail

Kampala, (UG): The Uganda National Examinations Board Thursday released the results from the 2023 Primary Leaving Examinations with a marginal decline in the overall performance of candidates per subject as compared to 2022 Results.

Addressing stakeholders in the education ministry at the official release of the 2023 PLE results on Thursday, 25 January 2024, Mr Dan Odongo, the Board’s Executive Director said a higher proportion of candidates in last year’s exams passed in the third division and above.

He further indicated that performance in Science and Mathematics was very proportional compared to last year’s results. “In Science and Mathematics, the overall performance indicates that more of our candidates passed proportionally those two subjects,” he said.

Mr Odongo added; “A higher proportion of the 2023 candidates passed in Division 3 and above level. Overall, the performance of candidates is comparable to that of 2022. Division U (Ungraded) is awarded to candidates who have failed to reach the minimum level of performance that can be awarded at least a Division 4 They are not eligible for admission to the Senior 1 class.”

“It should be noted that the number of candidates in Division U is quite high, at 88,269 (10.4%) and should raise concern so that they do not just add to the statistics of school drop-outs. There are districts such as Kibuku (31.5o), Madi Okollo (31.5%), Dokolo (28.9%), Kween (28.4%), Namisindwa (28.9%) where the percentages are well above the national average. Many other districts have over 20% of the candidates in Division U. It is necessary to find out the causes and address them,” he added.

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A total of 749,254 candidates from 15,859 centres (schools) registered for PLE in 2023 compared to 832,654 in 2022. Of this number, 501,602 (66.9%) from 11,365 centres were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, and 247,652 (33.1) of the candidates were Non-UPE.

Males outperform females.

According to the 2023 PLE results, 47,452 boys passed in Division One nationwide, representing 13% compared to 39,130 girls in Division One, representing 9.99%.

Additionally, a total of 164, 906 boys (46%) boys were in Division Two compared to 171, 601 (43%) girls. 69,870 boys (19.53%) were in grade 3 while 86,420 (22.07%) girls were in the same grade.

However, Mr Odongo indicated that girls performed better than boys in English, where 90.64% passed English compared to the boys who are 88.32% but the reverse is true for the other three subjects; SST, Science, and Mathematics.

Uganda Prison registered 69 candidates and 60 candidates sat of whom 2 passed in Division 1, 32 obtained Division 2, 15 obtained Division 3, 5 obtained Division 4 and 6 were ungraded; while the 9 did not sit the exam. More details will follow.

How to get the results

Mr Odongo said the official results will be uploaded on the examination centre Portals and by press time on Thursday afternoon, schools had already started downloading their results and jubilations were underway.

He, however, indicated that District, Municipal and City Inspectors of Schools may collect hard copies of the results from UNEB offices at Ntinda starting Monday, 29th January. 2024.

The examination body however said candidates can access the PLE Results by SMS on their phones or via the Internet.

“No copies of the results are available as of now. Parents, candidates and other interested parties may use the Short Messaging Service (SMS) on mobile networks, which will post the results of candidates on their mobile sets instantly,” he explained.

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To do this, you can go to your message box, type PLE INDEX NUMBER and send it to 6600.
For example, to check the results of the candidate with index number 654321/001, in your message box, type PLE 654321/001 AND SEND TO 6600.

The SMS is UGX 500 per candidate’s result.



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