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2015 PLE: 909 pupils’ results withheld for cheating  


Ministers Jessica Alupo, Dr John Muyingo and Prof Tokodri Togboa at the release of PLE 2015 [Photo by Sheila Nduhukire]

The Uganda National Examinations Board [Uneb] has released 2015 Primary Leaving Examinations [PLE] results.

The results were released Tuesday at Twed Towers in Kampala by and in the presence of Education Minister Jessica Alupo, UNEB executive secretary, Mathew Bukenya, Uneb chairperson Prof Maryu Okwakol, Ministers John Chrysestom Muyingo [State Minister for Primary Education] and Tacodiri Togboa [State Minister for Higher Education and Technology].

UNEB has this year released the results ahead of schedule.

A total of 620,825 candidates registered for the exams.

Uneb chair Prof. Okwakol has called on government to amend the bill governing the board to include stricter penalties in wake of cheating/malpractice.

She says there were no leakages of exams but other forms of exam malpractice like external assistance persisted.

UNEB Executive Secretary Bukenya credited the use of technology as reason why results came out early.

He said 77% of candidates were UPE beneficiaries and that there was an increase in the number of candidates and centers.

“English and Social Studies were the best performed. Girls performed better than boys in English. Boys performed better in rest of subjects [Mathematics and Science].”

Bukenya said 517, 895 candidates passed PLE 2015 compared to 2014’s [516, 860].

He said 9,110 scouts were deployed and that they did a commendable job to expose those who wanted to engage in exam malpractice.

Bukenya also announced that results of 909 candidates were withheld due to suspected involvement in various forms of malpractice [1,344 candidates results were withheld in 2014].

“The 909 candidates whose results have been withheld will be accorded a fair hearing,” Bukenya explained.

Bukenya said the district and municipal officers will pick results from their Ntinda based offices advising parents to use SMS on their mobile phones.

“To get results on your mobile phone, text PLE (space) FULL INDEX NUMBER and send to 6600.”

“UNEB strives to print all result slips of candidates by end of February.”

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