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PLE 2023 Results Ready but Release Will Delay. Here’s Why

Janet Museveni and PLE 2023 Results Release Delays

First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni presents PLE 2020 results at the release event at State House Entebbe in July 2021. Courtesy Photo

Candidates and parents who expected assessment body Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) to release the 2023 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results this week will need to wait a little longer. Although PLE 2023 results are ready, Uneb has delayed the release over a pending meeting with Janet Museveni.

Janet Museveni is the Ugandan first lady, and minister of education and sports. Before Uneb can release the results, it has to brief the minister on the performance.

The performance is key because it indicates whether government education interventions such as those under the free Universal Primary Education (UPE) are working. This feeds into the politics of the country, especially as Uganda gears closer to the 2026 general elections.

The briefing necessitates the assessment body’s officials seeking an appointment with the minister and first lady who then gives Uneb officials a date on which to meet her at State House.

But as first lady, Janet Museveni runs a busy schedule, sometimes attending events with her husband, Uganda’s long-serving president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Save for the years of the Covid19 disruption and the 2022 results which came out on January 27 as Minister Janet Museveni was busy with other issues of greater priority, PLE results usually come out before the January 20 deadline to allow time for a selection exercise and early reporting for Senior One.

So, many expected results to come out this week. But Uneb says the first lady and education minister was yet to inform the officials of the assessment body on when she is available for briefing.

Uneb spokesperson Jennifer Kalule told KFM she could not “confirm that there will be a release of results this week.”

For now, you can see this year’s school calendar for secondary, primary and other education institutions as well as best performing primary schools in the previous PLE results Here, There and Over There.

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