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FULL BRIEFING ON PLE RESULTS: Here’s How Candidates Performed in 2022 PLE Exams


More candidates passed in Grade One but more failed their 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) compared to the 2020 lot, an analysis of the results released by the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) indicates. 

The results were released today at State House Nakasero at an event presided over by first lady and minister of education Janet Kataaha Museveni. Officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports as well as from Uneb were in attendance at the event.

A total of 832,654 candidates from 14,691 centres (schools) registered for PLE in 2022 compared to 749,761 in 2020. Of this number, 583,768 (70.1%) from 11,306 centres were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, and 248,982 (29.9%) were Non UPE.

The proportion of candidates benefitting from the Universal Education programme has increased by 1.7 percent.

The Board registered 2,436 learners with Special Needs of various categories, including the blind, the deaf, the physically handicapped and the dyslexics, compared to 1,599 in 2020. This is an increase of 52.3%, the largest rate of increase ever.

Of these, 1,153 (47.3%) are females and 1,283 (52.7%) are males. A total of 1,609 of the candidates needed specialized assistance such as provision of braille, sign language interpreters, transcribers and physical support (amanuensis).

In 2022, analysis by gender shows that 400,100 (48.1%) boys were registered compared to 432,554 (51.9%) girls, indicating that more girls than boys completed the Primary Education cycle. This has been the trend in the last six years.


More candidates scored the first grade (Division One) in 2022 than in the previous sitting. A total of 114,617 candidates or about 14.1 per cent of those who sat PLE passed in Division One. In 2020, 11.1 per cent or 81,864 candidates passed in Grade One.


A total of 357,799 or about 44.1 per cent of the total number of candidates managed second grade (Division Two), compared to the 2020 PLE number of 334,711 candidates or 45.6 per cent in the same division. This means that the 2020 lot had more second grade scorers than the 2022 group.


A total of 146,583 candidates or 18 per cent managed the third grade (Division Three) compared to 146,142 or 19.9 per cent in 2020. This means that more candidates scored third grade in 2020 than in the 2022 sitting.


A total of 95,702 candidates scored Division Four (fourth grade), translating in 11.8 per cent, compared to 97,193 candidates or about 13.2 per cent in 2020. Again a bigger chunk of the 2020 lot passed in Division Four compared to the 2022 group.

But as The Pearl Times has reported, more candidates FAILED in 2022, and these have been advised to repeat P7. (See Details Here)

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