The ministry of education has released the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations indicating general improvement in performance. This happens to be first results to be released following change of UNEB leadership.

The Chairperson Uganda National Examinations Board Prof Mary Okwakol says performance has improved compared to the previous year. The results released show increase in performance, especially in English.

Prof Mary Okwakol says overall performance shows that male candidates performed better than females but females performed better in English”

She also noted that Urban schools performed better than rural schools in 2016 and non UPE schools performed better than UPE schools.

Prof. Okwakol also cautioned that UNEB doesn’t release official communication regarding the release of results via social media and therefore have to be vigilant about any fake news circulating.

Daniel Odongo, the Executive Secretary, UNEB noted that there has been a pleasant development in performance compared to previous years. In the last year’s examinations, 488,310 candidates were registered under UPE, while the non UPE candidates were 152,000.

Distinction performance in English rose from 10 to 11.5%, SST from 5.8 to 10.3%, Math from 3.9 to 4.5%. Sci. dropped by 7%.

Meanwhile, in terms of performance by municipalities, the top ten include Fort portal with 99.9% pass rate, Entebbe with 99.3%, Ntungamo comes in third place with 99.2%, followed by Rukungiri with 99.1%, Jinja 98.6%, Kabaale 98.5%, Masaka  98.4%, Mbarara 98.1, Lira 98.1 and Masindi 98.1%.

This means that Fortportal, Entebbe, Rukingiri,Jinja, , Ntungamo, Kabale, Masindi and Lira have bounced back to the list of the top ten.

The worst performing districts were mostly from Busoga and the wider eastern region.

They include Buyende followed by Luuka, Kween, Mayuge, Kaliro, Iganga ,Kyankwazi, Bulambuli, Namutumba and Serere

Meanwhile, the UNEB executive director Daniel Odong says results of 1,886 candidates have been withheld pending investigations.

This figure is higher compared to 1,344 candidates whose results were withheld due to alleged involvement in malpractice in 2015.

Security has been tightened at the Office of the Prime Minister where the 2016 Primary Leaving Examination Results are being released.

This is unusual because it is the first time the results are released by the First Lady Janet Museveni since she was appointed minster of education.