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The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) today released the 2023 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) where great success was registered with high numbers of those who passed well.

UNEB’s Executive Director Dan Odongo said a total of 749,254 who registered to sit for the the PLE exams from 15,859 centres (schools) compared to the 832,654 candidates in 2023. Of this number, 501,602 (66.9%) were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries and 247,652 (33.1%) of the candidates were from private schools.


Accordingly 86,582 (11.8%) candidates passed in Division One (D1), 336,507 candidates (57.4%) passed in Division Two (D2), 146,290 candidates passed in Division Three (D3), 69,283 candidates passed in Division Four (D4) while a whooping 88,269 candidates failed and 12,323 were absent didn’t sit of exams.

Those who failed represent 10.4% of the 749,347 candidates who sat for the national exams in November last years.

“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 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”-Mr. Odongo said.

According to UNEB, a higher proportion of the 2023 candidates passed in Division 3 and above level.

“Overall, the performance of candidates is comparable to that of 20222”-Mr Odongo said

For the second consecutive year, girls are the majority amounting to 52 percent (391,558 pupils) of the candidates who sat for the exams while their male counterparts are 357,789 (48 percent).

A total of 2,436 Special Needs Education Learners and 79 inmates (13 female and 66 male) from Upper Prison School Luzira also sat for the exams. During last year’s exams, girls outperformed boys in English subject while the latter performed well in the remaining three including Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies.

According to the minister of Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni, the selection of Senior one students will happen on 1st and 2nd February and the senior one students will report on Monday 19th February 2023.

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