70,266 out of the 513, 219 candidates who sat for their primary leaving examinations last year failed their exams.
The higher failure rate of candidates has been attributed to absenteeism amongst teachers.
As a result, ministry of education has resolved to step up school inspection to ensure teachers stay in class.
Dr. Daniel Nkaada, the Commissioner Pre-Primary and Primary Education says the ministry is reviewing how best to enforce school inspection.
He said the ministry is not considering scrapping mass promotion as away of improving performance.
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Dr. Nkaada says that the ministry is also considering raising the staff ceiling per school to ensure UPE schools have enough teachers.
He says that in cases where pupils miss classes, the ministry will ensure that remedial lessons are offered to help pupils complete the syllabus.
He says that it is only under special circumstances like when a pupil fails to attend school for a whole term that the Ministry would allow such a pupil to repeat a class.