By Our Reporter
Celebrations are underway among some of the winners of the Primary Leaving Examinations results for 2017 released by the Uganda National Examinations Board today.
In Kabale municipality, some of the best schools include Bishop Asili Memorial Primary School which had all its 50 candidates in Division one.
According to Sr. Margaret Tusiime, the school headmistress, this victory was as a result of hard work and cooperation from learners, teachers and parents.
“We have exhibited a higher level of cooperation with our staff, parents and pupils. We usually find it easy to share every idea with our lead stakeholders in ensuring such success,” said Sr. Tusiime.
Norman Mugisha, one of the best candidates at the school who scored aggregates 4 in 4 said that the continued guidance from his teachers enabled this great victory.
“I have been a great hardworking boy and my teachers would not by any chance allow me to go astray. They ensured that I am on the right track,” said Mugisha.
Other schools that performed well include Kabale Universal primary School where all its 58 candidates passed in division one, New Foundation Primary School where all 30 candidates got Division one and Kabale Quality Primary school which had 56 out of 60 candidates in the first grade.
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, presided over the release of PLE results with an order on all schools to stop setting pre-registration tests or examinations for candidates.
The minister issued the directive in her remarks shortly before releasing the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Friday.
According to the results, the General performance of candidates in 2017 improved compared to the previous year.
Minister Museveni asked schools to ensure an increased quality performance of girls.
She hailed districts such as Arua, Moyo and Adjumani, which are refugee-hosting communities, for realising increased registration in 2017. The education minister said it was testimony that refugees in the country are enabled access to education and other social services.
UNEB chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol handed the file containing the results to the education minister at 12:42pm local time.
UNEB executive secretary Dan Nkorach Odong said there was a gradual reduction in the number of candidates who register and fail to sit exams.
However, some districts, such as Gomba (5.9%), had absenteeism rates above the national average.
For subject performance, there was a decline in the performance in English, with the distinctions dropping from 11.5% to 4.5%.
There was significant improvement in SST (Social Studies) and Science. Overall, pass rate rose to 86.9% up from 85.6% the previous year.
For Mathematics, there was improvement at the credit and overall level.