By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda police has banned all celebrations, parties and other forms of jubilation aimed at celebrating results of the 2020 Primary Leaving Examinations, which were released by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Friday, at State House, Entebbe.
The police, who have since warned that they will arrest teachers and parents who will hold such gatherings, contend that such celebrations will bring together crowds of people, thereby putting their lives at risk of getting infected with COVID-19.
“The police shall arrest all parents, teachers and school administrators who shall be found holding parties to celebrate the PLE results,” police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga warned.
He added that; “Such celebrations will lead to the gathering of many people, which will in turn put the lives of children, their parents and teachers at the risk of contracting the virus.”
The police reiterated the same warning on their twitter platform but tweeting thus;
“As we congratulate all P.7 leavers, we would like to warn all schools against violating the pandemic rules by holding school celebrations over the #2020PLE results. Students can easily get exposed to the deadly virus during such risky settings.
Therefore, all Headteachers are advised to either postpone the school celebrations to some future time when schools are reopened or hold a virtual celebration. Remember there are harsh consequences in form of fines, penalties and punishments for #Covid_19 offenders.”
The results which were released by the Minister for Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni, who is also the First Lady, show indication of better performance from boys when compared to the girls.
The function was attended by a few invited guests who included the UNEB Chairperson Mary Okwakol, UNEB Executive Secretary Daniel Odong, among others.
Odong said boys performed better than girls after they recorded a lower failure rate.
He said; “44,877 male candidates passed with Division one compared to 36,987 girls who passed with the same division. A total of 163,973 boys passed in Division Two compared to 170,738 girls.”
Odong added that; “63,781 boys passed in D3 compared to 82,361 girls. 30,394 boys failed exams compared to 43,924 girls.”
It should be noted that in 2019, boys performed better than girls despite the fact that more girls sat for the PLE.
According to the board, pupils who sat for the 2020 primary leaving examination performed best in Social Studies and Science subjects, whereby 15.3 percent of pupils got distinctions in SST, 80.4 per cent got credits while 93.5 per cent got Passes.
It was noted however that a number of cases on Examination malpractice were reported and investigations are currently ongoing.
The Minister for education said that a total 2,220 results had been withheld by UNEB due to examination malpractices and warned that those who engaged in exam malpractices will be named and shamed.
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