UNEB Releases PLE 2023 Results

UNEB Executive Director Dan Odongo


  • UNEB has officially released the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) 2023 results at the State House Nakasero.

Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has officially released the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) 2023 results at the State House Nakasero. The announcement was made in a live broadcast on UNEB’s YouTube channel, with Executive Director Dan Odongo providing key insights into the examination outcomes.

According to UNEB, a total of 749,254 candidates from 15,859 centers (schools) registered for PLE in 2023, representing a decrease from the 832,654 candidates in 2022. Notably, 501,602 candidates (66.9%) from 11,365 centers were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, while 247,652 candidates (33.1%) were non-UPE.

Performance Analysis by Subject

The performance of candidates in English, Integrated Science, and Mathematics showed improvement compared to 2022. However, Social Studies (SST) performance remained comparable between the two years.

Executive Director Dan Odongo emphasized, “A higher proportion of the 2023 candidates passed in Division 3 and above level. Overall, the performance of candidates is comparable to that of 2022.”

Table 3: Candidates’ overall Performance by Subject

Concerns Over Division U

Odongo expressed concern about the high number of candidates in Division U (Ungraded), which stands at 88,269 (10.4%). Districts like Kibuku, Madi Okollo, Dokolo, Kween, and Namisindwa recorded percentages well above the national average. Odongo urged the need to investigate the causes and address them promptly to prevent these candidates from contributing to the statistics of school dropouts.

“It should be noted that the number of candidates in Division U is quite high, at 88,269 (10.4%) and should raise concern so that they do not just add to the statistics of school drop-outs,” remarked Odongo.

Performance of Prison Inmates

In a notable development, UNEB maintained an examination center at Uganda Government Upper Prison School, Luzira. A total of 69 candidates were registered, one more than the previous year. Out of these, 60 candidates sat for the examination, with 2 passing in Division 1, 32 obtaining Division 2, 15 achieving Division 3, 5 obtaining Division 4, and 6 receiving an ungraded classification. Nine candidates did not sit for the examination.

Results will be uploaded on the examination centre Portals. Each school can therefore download their results as soon as they are officially released.
However, the District, Municipal and City Inspectors of Schools may collect hard copies of the results from UNEB offices at Ntinda from Monday, 29th January. 2024. No copies of results are available as of now. Parents, candidates and other interested parties may use the Short Messaging Service (SMS) on mobile networks, which will post results of candidates on their mobile sets instantly.

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