By Vanguard Reporter
KAMPALA – Kampala Parents School has once again emerged among top 2020 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) performing schools in the country.
The School in the released 2020 P.L.E results has announced 129 pupils in the first grade out of 186 with majority of the pupils in the wonderful range of 4-6 aggregates.
While celebrating the results, the school Principal Daphine Kato urged government to scale up online learning to ensure that children continue learning during the current Covid-19 pandemic or other challenges that could emerge in future. Most public schools in Uganda lack internet facilities and as such many pupils cannot access learning online
Ms Kato further said it’s important for children in both private and public schools to continue learning and that government should support efforts to put the necessary facilities in place
She was speaking after receiving the 2020 PLE results in which 129 out of 186 candidates who sat from the centre passed in grade one with grades ranging between 4 to 6.
Kampala Parents School was among a few schools that ensured continuous learning through use of online platforms. Kato says that this helped a lot.
“The situation was not so normal but we had to give our best, online lessons helped a lot, because if we had not had them, we could have not had such results. I urge the government to increase efforts and promote E-learning because we do not know when the pandemic will end. E-learning is very helpful and health because both teachers and the pupils stay in their respect homes”
The principal also welcomed the performance of the pupils saying it is remarkable given the tough conditions pupils studied in and sat for the examinations
“The results have been released; the general performance is very good. Given the difficult time, to see our pupils performing like this is really wonderful, we thank God and the parents that really cooperated with us to get this kind of performance,” she added.
UNEB released the results Friday of the 2020 Primary Living Examination and a total of 749,761 candidates, 395,855 (53 per cent) females and 353,957 males (47 per cent) registered for PLE from 14,300 centres.
Meanwhile unlike Kampala Parents which was successful, some schools were left mourning. UNEB withheld results for at 2,220 candidates pending completion of investigations into examination malpractices.
The largest numbers of withheld results are from districts in the Rwenzori region, especially in the districts of Bundibugyo and Kasese.
“Schools whose results are withheld will be notified through their District Inspectors of Schools. All candidates whose results have been withheld will be accorded a fair hearing by the Board’s Examinations Security Committee,” the board’s executive secretary Mr Dan Odongo said during the official release of the results.
After the hearings are concluded, the Board will publish in the media the list of schools and districts from which results will have been cancelled.
Mr Odongo said security operatives arrested some distributors in the districts of Nakasongola, and the greater Masaka areas who were entrusted with delivering the examination papers to examination centres, but along the way, cut the envelopes with a view to access the questions. “These will be prosecuted in accordance with the UNEB Act,” he said.
A total of 749,761 candidates from 14,300 centres (schools) registered for PLE in 2020 compared to 695,804 in 2019. Of this number, 513,085 (68.4%) from 11,231 centres were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries, and 236,677 (31.6%) of the candidates were Non UPE. Table 1 below gives details of candidature and centres for the last five years.