Science Performance Drops as UNEB Releases 2019 PLE Results

Uganda National Exams Board (UNEB) has Friday released the results for the Primary Leaving Exams (PLE) that were sat late last year.

The results that were released at Kampala Parents School in Naguru indicated a noticeable drop in students’ performance in Science.

Dan Odongo, the UNEB the Executive Secretary revealed that Science was the worst performed subject as the number of students that were able to obtain Distinctions 1 and 2 dropped sharply form 13.9% in the previous year to just 4.9%.

Mr Odongo revealed on the other hand that English language was the best performed subject as the Distinction rate rose from 6% to 7.6%.

In SST, the candidates who passed with Distinction 1 and 2 increased to 14.0% up from 12.1% in the previous year, whereas the math distinction rate stood at 6.2%.

Mr Odongo revealed that candidates continued to show failure in expressing themselves freely while answering questions and performed better in direct questions.

“Out examiners noted that in English and Maths, poor performance was shown in questions which required problem solving ability or for candidates to freely express themselves in English,” he said.

“It appears that the candidates preferred direct questions   and those that are based on recall. Unfortunately, this has persisted as schools continue to enable students to answer questions based only on knowledge and understanding and not application”


Gender performance 

Overall, the results show that male candidates performed better than their female counterparts  in Division One and Two, at 11.0% compared to 8.5% for the girls.

This is in spite of the fact that more girls (51.7%) sat the PLE exams out of the total 695793.

On her part, Mrs Mary Okwarol the UNEB Chairperson expressed pleasure that more girls remained in school up to P7.

Okwarol also noted that UNEB once again anonymized the schools and districts by assigning them random numbers, as a way of addressing examiner bias.

“Despite a few challenges in some districts, the system worked well and the secretariat was able to assign the results to the respective candidates,” she said.

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