For the fifth consecutive year, Bridge pupils sat the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) in 2022. A total of 131 pupils sat for the exam in Uganda: 72 girls and 59 boys.
Bridge pupils have outperformed the national average in the Uganda PLE for the fifth year running.
- For the fifth consecutive year, a higher percentage of Bridge pupils have scored in Division One or Two than their peers, nationally.
- At least seven pupils from Bridge Schools attained Division 1.
- Our best-performing performing girl Nasasira Patience comes from Jinja Karoli in Buganda County. She achieved division 1 scores with an impressive 11 aggregate.
- Our best-performing performing boy Oyirwoth Javian also comes from Jinja Karoli in Buganda County. He achieved division 1 scores with an impressive 7 aggregate.
- In addition, some of Bridge’s best performers scoring in division 2 came from Magamaga, Nsumbi and Jinja Karoli, low-income areas in Ugandan districts.
- 93% of Bridge candidates scored Division 4 and above, placing ahead of the national average of 88%.
- Bridge Uganda pupils have excelled in the PLE since 2017 and are among the top performers in Uganda despite coming from the underserved communities
- One of the top-performing Bridge Schools, Jinja Karoli, achieved an aggregate score of 20 with Division 2 and a 94% pass rate among 34 candidates.
- Attending a Bridge school made pupils more likely to score Division 2 or above. It also made it much less likely for candidates to score below Division 3, as illustrated in the graph below:
The plight of the girl child remains a pressing concern in Uganda and many other parts of the developing world. The 2022 PLE results confirmed Bridge’s culture of gender parity, showing that girls and boys achieve similar scores regardless of how long they have attended a Bridge School, confirming a key finding of an independent study on the Bridge methodology, led by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, Professor Michael Kremer.
The study found that girls in Bridge Schools make the same leap in learning as boys, regardless of how long they have attended a Bridge school.
Bridge Uganda teachers are proud of these academic results and have been celebrating the achievements of their pupils. The results are a testament to the strength and commitment of Bridge Uganda teachers, pupils and parents.
These results show that poverty is not destiny and that any child can succeed with a strong education foundation.