According to the minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, they are worried that many students enroll at different education levels of education but a few are able to complete the cycle. According to 2009 Ministry of Education and Sports figures, 976,078 kids enrolled for primary one and the same figure was expected to sit for PLE in 2015. However, by the time they sat for their PLE in 2015, this number had reduced to 601777 pupils.
For the first time in the history of Uganda Certificate of Education, there were more girls sitting the exams than boys according to the just released exams. 169258 girls registered and sat for the 2019 exams against 168462 boys.