KAMPALA – Unless a serious ailment attacked the line Minister-Janet Kataha Museveni – disabling her movement – plans to release the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations – PLE results are in top gear. The results will be out this Friday, Education and Sports ministry has since confirmed.
Last week, Daniel Odongo -the Executive Director of the Uganda National Examination Board –UNEB announced the release of the results but nothing positive came through – with no clear explanation. The announcement aroused the interest of parents, former candidates, and other interested parties.
Now, to arrest the public anxiety on the matter, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu – the State Minister for Primary Education insisted on Wednesday that the 2022 PLE results would be out on Friday – January 27, 2023.
Dr Kaducu apologised for the delay and explained that the board was ready to release the results, but that it was necessary to brief the top Ministry officials before the exercise.
The Minister revealed that UNEB officials are scheduled to brief the Education Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni, and other management officials on Wednesday about the results. While appearing before the Parliamentary Education Committee earlier this month, Odongo, noted that marking PLE ended before Christmas. Marking took place at 13 centres involving 5,544 examiners.
However, the board was not able to immediately present the results to the Minister for release. There were several steps that had to be taken before the release of results, including convening an internal examination security committee to review the results for candidates suspected of engaging in malpractice.
Several individuals have been using social media to disseminate false information about the reasons for the delayed release of the result, new release dates, and other misleading information. For instance, on Monday evening, there was a rumour doing rounds on social media that the results would be released Tuesday.
The UNEB spokesperson, Jennifer Kalule Mulumba has since warned the public about this misinformation. In a brief press release, Kalule asked parents, school heads, and other interested parties to disregard this false information.
PLE was conducted on November 8 – 9, 2022, with a total of 832,810 candidates registered from 14,153 examination centres. 51.9 per cent of the total registered candidates were females and 48.1 per cent were males. 583,769 were funded under the Universal Primary Education-UPE program, and 249,041 were non-UPE candidates.