We expect a raise in the Senior One entry cut-off points by our top leading secondary schools during the scheduled selection exercise.
According to the released yesterday results, performance in PLE has greatly improved compared to the previous year. There has been an increase in the Division one and two’s.
In 2015, 51,427 candidates passed in Division One compared to 63,400 in 2016. The increase was also registered in the number of candidates who passed in Division Two, while those who passed in Division Three in 2016 reduced.
Consequently more students who excelled will be scrambling for the limited slots in the country’s top performing schools, hence the raise in the cut-off points for the Senior One.
Last year, there was a slight reduction in the entry points as a result of a general decline in the number of candidates who excelled.
During the selection process, a candidate who misses the admission to his/her first choice is usually admitted to the school he put as his second choice, depending on his/her score. But many schools give priority to only candidates who choose them as their first choice and not second choice.
About 1,500 head teachers are expected to report for the two-day selection process at Uganda Manufacturers Association show Ground.
Presently, in Uganda, PLE has four explainable subjects- English, Mathematics, Science and Social studies. The best possible score a candidate can achieve is Aggregate 4 (scoring a distinction in each subject while the worst score is Aggregate 36.
According to Uganda National Examinations Board, pupils with scores between 4 and 12 points pass P.L.E in Division One (first grade)
Those who score between aggregate 13 and 23 pass in Division Two; Division Three 24 to 29 and Division Four aggregate 30-34
Ordinarily, a candidate in PLE obtains a distinction if the score obtained in an examination is 70%. But this grading can always be altered, depending on the decision of the examiners.
Most of the schools with high entry points are usually the best performing schools in the country at O’ level and most of them are based in central Uganda