Working within the national curricula of the countries where we operate, PEAS schools aim to provide a quality education that supports every student – regardless of their background or circumstance – to achieve their full potential.

We benchmark the quality of our schools through national examination results. We also measure academic attainment through looking at the progress made by each student from school entry to exit, assessing the ‘value add’ of PEAS schools relative to what would have happened otherwise. See below for some of our latest results from Uganda and Zambia.


  • 2015 UCE (O-level) exam results: INFOGRAPHIC
    • Students attending PEAS schools achieved more top grades than the Ugandan average. Over half of students (51%) studying at PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) secondary schools achieved Division 1-3 grades in the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), released last week, which is 4% more higher than the national average.
    • In the space of just two years, girls attending schools in the PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) network have transformed their academic performance in school leaving exams from being more than 4% behind the national average in 2013 to achieving results 6% better than the national average in 2015.
    • Three PEAS schools that had candidates for the first time, after opening their doors in 2014, all recorded 100% pass rate.

  • Value add:
    • Students in PEAS schools on average achieved 2.2 points better in their UCE (O-level) examinations than would have been expected given their primary school leaving exam scores
    • 74% of PEAS schools achieved an average value add score across all their students that was higher than the national average
    • 3 PEAS schools were in the top 5% of all schools nationally on value add performance; these schools helped their students to achieve results that were c. 10 points better than would have been predicted – equivalent to students getting an entire grade higher
    • PEAS is most effective at helping students with the lowest prior attainment – on average, students with the lowest primary school leaving exam scores achieved UCE results that were 3.4 points better than would have been expected had they gone to any other school in Uganda



  • 2015 G9 (lower secondary) exams:
    • The PEAS network pass rate was 7% higher than the national pass rate; 55% of PEAS students obtained certificates compared with 48% of students nationally
    • Across the PEAS network, girls outperformed boys – 60% of girls achieved a certificate compared with 50% of boys; this trend is the opposite of national figures; more boys passed exams than girls nationally
    • The pass rate for girls in PEAS schools was 13% higher than the national pass rate for girls
      PEAS schools are getting better relative to the national picture.

In 2013 (the last year G9 exams were sat in PEAS Zambia schools), PEAS’ pass rate was 2% higher than the national average, it is now 7% higher than the national average