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UNEB to release PLE 2023 on Thursday 25th 2024 to the public. The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) will release the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) next week, a senior examinations body has confirmed after the body secured an appointment to brief the First Lady, Janet Museveni, also the Minister of Education and Sports. This website has learnt that UNEB the Education Minister on the PLE results for the year 2023 on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at 11:00 am, at State House Nakasero before releasing the results the next day. A senior official indicated that PLE results for the year 2023 will be released on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 11:00 am, at State House Nakasero. Education officials invited attend both the briefing on PLE results for the year 2023 have been directed to take a COVID-19 test for the meeting on Tuesday, 23rd January 2024 at Mulago Platinum Centre from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Uneb Spokesperson Jennifer Kalule early this week told reporters that the examinations body had written to the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, requesting an appointment for a briefing before releasing the results. Uneb is supposed to brief the Minister of Education about the performance of learners before the results are released to the public. After the results are released, the selection exercise will then commence. The Senior One selection exercise is usually conducted at UMA where schools select candidates for their respective schools depending on the set cut-off points. A total of 749,347 pupils sat for PLE in 2023, including 391,558 females and 357,789 males.

UNEB releases results for UCE 2023 as St. Joseph's SS shines. Unveiling 2023 UCE results, the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Executive Director Dan Odongo said that candidature increased by 15,008 (4.3%) from 349,459, in 2022 to 364,469 in 2023. The candidates sat from 3,808 examination centers. Of these candidates, 118,633 (32.5%) were Universal Secondary Education (USE) beneficiaries. The number of male candidates registered was 180,471 (49.5%) and that of females was 183,998 (50.5%). According to the executive director, performance in the 2023 examination is significantly better than that of 2022. The failure rate has also dropped by 0.5 percent. This means that 329,939 (95.9%) of the learners who presented themselves for the 2023 examination can progress to the post-UCE level. In the other subjects, males perform better, with the differences being very significant in History, Geography, Science subjects and Commerce. In Chemistry, however, the male candidates show better performance in the higher grades but, overall, a slightly higher percentage of females obtained at least a Pass. This trend in the disparity in the performance of male and female candidates has been observed over the years. While releasing 2023 UCE results, Odongo also noted that cases of examination malpractice have continued to reduce. "Most of the ones reported in this examination were external assistance given in the examination rooms and affecting mostly Physics and Chemistry practical examination, and Mathematics

Published on Thursday 15th Feb 2024

UNEB RELAESES UACE 2023 RESULTS AS ST. JOSEPH'S SS KAKINDU SHINES The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the results for the 2023 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examination with 80,643 students meeting the criteria for admission into university degree programs. University admissions to degree courses in Uganda have, up to date, have been considering Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least two (2) principal passes in prescribed subjects obtained at the same sitting. During the release of the examination results, Dan Odongo, the Executive Director of UNEB, highlighted that despite 108,492 candidates, equivalent to 99.1 percent of exam takers, meeting the qualifications for UACE certificate, 80,543 individuals, constituting 73.7 percent of the qualified candidates, are eligible for university admission. According to records, this marks the highest number of students qualifying for university education in Uganda within a single year, nearly matching the total population of enrollment in public universities recorded in 2019 which stood at 90,300 students. Those who have qualified will be seeking to be admitted in the over 64 universities and degree awarding institution which are in the country. Among those who have qualified, only approximately 4,000 students will receive government-funded scholarships, distributed into three categories including national merit, district quota (for top performing student from each district), and sports and special needs scheme. The remaining individuals will need to cover their expenses independently or seek financial assistance through the government loan scheme. Meanwhile, Odongo said that the 2023 candidates posted better performance and an increase in entries for the examination compared to previous years with nearly half of the students obtaining the highest level of three principal passes. As per the analysis of results provided by UNEB, a total of 52,452 candidates, constituting 47.9 percent, achieved three principal passes. This percentage is slightly higher than the 43.5 percent recorded in 2022, which amounted to 41,973 candidates. It’s important to note that candidates sit for three principal subjects and two subsidiary subjects. The results also indicate that 18,624 students achieved one principal pass, while 9,225 obtained a pass with one subsidiary pass. While this group of learners may not qualify for direct admission into a university degree program, they still have the opportunity to be admitted to institutions of higher learning to pursue diplomas and certificates in different fields. Among the large entry subjects, the performance indicated that history stood out as the most passed subject, with over 93.6% of the registered 30,170 candidates obtaining a principal pass in it. History has been the best done subject in previous year. The released results also underscore substantial improvements in terms of principal passes in Entrepreneurship Education, Christian Religious Education, Geography, Literature in English, Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, and Art. The analysis further revealed that, despite the fewer number of female candidates compared to males, proportionally they performed better overall, except in subjects such as Agriculture, Chemistry, and Biology. Quality of work improved Odongo observed that examiners have reported an enhancement in the quality of candidates’ work, evident in higher mean scores. This improvement has been noticeable even in traditionally challenging subjects such as biology. However, he acknowledged that the core science subjects still exhibit a principal performance level lower than desired. He attributed this persistent issue to the likelihood that many teachers may not be utilizing the candidate work reports, which are published to guide educators on ways to enhance the quality of students’ work. According to UNEB’s assessment, teachers are predominantly instructing concepts in a theoretical manner, resulting in candidates lacking practical skills to conduct experiments and effectively record, interpret, and analyze their results. This deficiency in practical skills is noted as a concern. For humanities, the report highlights instances of misunderstanding questions, coupled with difficulties in discerning important key words and verbs such as “describe,” “explain,” “illustrate,” “evaluate,” etc. This suggests a need for improved comprehension and application of question instructions among candidates in the humanities. During the examination release, Janet Kataaha Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports, expressed satisfaction with the growing number of students who participated in the exams. This year witnessed a 12 percent increase in candidature, rising from 97,890 in 2022 to 110,553. The minister expressed equal satisfaction with the performance of female candidates, highlighting that this positive development demonstrates the inherent potential of girls. However, she pointed out that gender stereotypes are likely hindering them from fully realizing their abilities. Kataaha Museveni further noted that, as expected, many of the students who have qualified will aim to join the university. While this aspiration is commendable, she emphasized that there are equally rewarding opportunities in other tertiary institutions. She advised students to consider exploring technical training colleges and health training institutions as viable alternatives. As per the minister’s remarks, Ugandan students who successfully complete A-levels have traditionally focused solely on university education. Technical education, on the other hand, has often been perceived as a fallback for those who fail to meet university admission criteria. However, there has been a recent shift in community awareness, recognizing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a viable alternative. This change is evident in the growing interest in TVET, even among students who have achieved the maximum three principal passes.

Published on Thursday 07th March 2024

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