PLE & UCE Results Release Hangs In The Balance

Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) and Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results have hanged in balance following the implemented lockdown which led to the closure of all learning institutions national wide.

Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) conducted both UCE and PLE in March and Uganda Advanced Certificate Education (UACE) in April. A total of 749,811 candidates registered for PLE from 14,300 centres and more than 330,000 students sat for UCE. A total of 98,393 students sat for UACE.

According to the Board (UNEB), Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) was meant to be released this week    and Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results UCE early next month.

However, following the 42 days of lockdown implemented by the president to combat the spread of corona virus among schools, their release hangs in the balance.

According to President Museveni, there was a need to control the rate at which the virus is spreading in the country.

“All schools and institutions of higher learning should close for 42 days effective from 7th June 2021’’. He said

He explained that schools have become an epicenter for the virus and hence the need to close them to avoid the continued spread of the virus.

The UNEB spokesperson, Ms Jenipher Kalule while in an interview of one of the media houses in Uganda, said the second lockdown disrupted the final works.

“It disrupted movement of [those] who were supposed to conduct quality assurance on the results,” Ms Kalule said.

When asked when the board plans to reschedule the release of the results, Ms Kalule said she was not sure because a lot is at stake now.

According to Ms Kalule, the board has to first consult the Ministry of Education on how to best release the exams virtually while following the standard operating procedures.

Sources also said before the lockdown was instituted, UNEB security team had started meeting to discuss the malpractice cases in both PLE and UCE to recommend cancellation.

President Museveni also instructed that institutions providing essential services retain only 10 per cent of the workforce at their offices and let others work from home.

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