Lira district registers a drop in number of PLE candidates
By Denish Ongora (email@example.com)
Lira district has registered a decline in the number of candidates who have registered for this years’ Primary Leaving Examination as a result of most schools being curved into Lira city.
According to Lira district education department, only 3,975 pupils have registered for PLE this year from 6,000 candidates last year.
Lira district inspector of schools Patrick Olwit said 25 schools that were in Ngetta, Iwal, Lira and Adekokwok have been registered under Lira city which has contributed to a drop in the candidates’ number.
Out of the candidates who have registered for this year’s examinations in Lira district, 2,156 are boys while 1,819 are girls.
Ogur Sub County chairman Michael Odongo expressed fear that performance of candidates could drop this year due to the effects of coronavirus, teachers’ strike, hunger, and the overwhelming enrollment of pupils this year which exerted pressure on teachers and facilities.
However, Agweng Sub County chairman Thomson Oyena said performance among pupils could still remain good as teachers have been striving to fill gaps created by the pandemic.