The 2019 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) released today by Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni at Kampala Parents School showed an improvement in the performance of candidates with bodily impairment.
Among the candidates that sat the exams was a blind boy who scored Aggregate 9, passing in Division 1.
“The best blind candidate, Ainamani Arthur Rwakitara from Grand Mason Primary school Nabbingo (Wakiso district) obtained Division 1 with an aggregate of 9,” announced UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo.
“The best dyslexic candidates are female, Ahurira Rhina from Bwaise Parents Primary School (Kampala) with Division 1, aggregate 9 and a male Gael Parwot Gadi from Victorious primary school (Kampala) also aggregate 9, Division 1.”
“The best deaf candidate is a female Peace Sharon from Ojipaku primary school Aria with aggregate 13, Division 2,” he added.
Though the examination was conducted smoothly, Odongo said cases of malpractice were reported.
He noted that there were mainly cases of external assistance given to candidates by third parties inside examination rooms.
Further, Odongo said that 61 persons have so far been arrested and charged.
He also said that UNEB sought and obtained approval of the Minister in accordance with section 4 (3) of the UNEB Act to withhold the results of about 1,512 candidates pending completion of investigations.
This however is much lower than 3,346 withheld in 2018 PLE.
However, he said that all candidates whose results have been withheld will be accorded fair hearing by UNEB Examinations Security Committe.
“Those candidates who will be cleared will have their results released. After the hearings are concluded, the Board will publish in the media the list of schools and districts from which results will have been cancelled,” Odongo added.