At least 18 primary schools in Gulu city failed to register a single first grade in the Pre-primary Leaving Examinations, according to results released yesterday.
This comes barely two weeks to the final exams slated for November 8th and 9th.
Out of the 5,272 who sat the exams, 419 passed in first grade, 2,086 passed in second grade, 2,950 got third grade while 3,736 got fourth grade and only 973 failed completely.
Of the 18 schools that failed to get a single first grade, 16 are government aided while two are private schools.
The government schools include Obiya, Kirombe, Pece Pawel, Koro, Kweyo and Laroo primary school among others.
Meanwhile, Mount Olive Good Shepherd and Mother Theresa primary school are only private schools that failed.
Richard Irwenyo, the Principal Education Officer Gulu City blamed the poor performance on administrative issues the schools are grappling with.
Luboyo Doreen Aber, the Gulu City Secretary Education, Sports and Health said the performance was frustrating considering that parents were struggling to raise school fees.
In Lamwo district, primary seven candidates performed worse than they did in the Mocks.
Only 58 out of 4,103 candidates got first grade in Pre PLE compared to 94 candidates who scored first grade in Mock exams.
Ben Washington Ojoro, the Lamwo District Inspector of schools says they are disappointed with the poor performance.
Ojoro said that they expected an improvement in results considering that teachers had been busy teaching and engaging candidates.
The PRE PLE results released last week show that only 58 candidates got first grade, 414 in second grade, 1,062 third grade, 776 got fourth grade and 965 candidates failed while 168 missed the exams.
Lamwo district has 73 government and 12 private schools with 48 sitting centers.