Government rules out PLE remedial exam

Candidates that missed their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) will have to wait for next year since government is not willing to respond to demands for a second chance for the candidates.

This week, 671,923 candidates sat for PLE but some would be candidates specifically in Butambala and Iganga districts were turned away from the examination centres because they were not registered.

It later emerged that their school heads had fleeced them of their registration fees for the exams.

On Tuesday, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah directed the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni to present a statement to Parliament on the fate of the candidates that missed their exams.

In her statement to Parliament on Thursday, Janet Museveni said that the pupils that missed PLE will have to wait till next year since “it’s not a good practice to set remedial exams, as it requires a detailed process starting with registration in March.”

The minister said that remedial exam can only be provided if the given exam was cancelled over serious errors or malpractices.

The matter was raised in Parliament on Tuesday by Bunyole West MP James Waluswaka who wanted the pupils to be given another chance to sit for the exams.