The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has appealed to Parliament to make it mandatory for all employees of the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) to take the Oath of Secrecy to control examination leaks in the country.
The NCHE officials who appeared before the Parliament’s Committee of Education and Sports on Thursday, said all persons involved in the examination process should take personal commitment to strictly adhere to the rules.
They met the committee members to give their views on the Uganda National Examinations Bill 2020, which has already proposed that only persons engaged in preparation, conduct and supervision of any examination shall take the Oath of Secrecy.
The NCHE Legal Officer, Fiona Kunihira told MPs that the oath of secrecy should not only be mandatory for those physically handling exam papers but for everyone who works in UNEB to ensure that they reduce information leakage.
“Section 43(b) on the Oath of Secrecy should not just be for a few people handling exams but made mandatory for all UNEB workers,” said Kunihira.
She stressed that sometimes information is not only leaked by the supervisors or people involved in the preparation of the examination, but even those at the printing and photocopying can deliberately keep copies to leak them.
The Chairperson Parliamentary of Education, Jacob Opolot (Pallisa County) agreed with the NCHE proposal saying exams can be leaked by anyone with access to it.
The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the Uganda National Examinations Board. Cap 137 as enacted in 1983. Since 1983, Uganda’s education system has undergone a number of reforms from legal, institutional and policy framework coupled with the socio-economic changes which have affected the operations of the Examinations Board and Implementation of the Act.
Meanwhile the NCHE Deputy Executive Director, Alex Kagume said there is also need for universities to be represented in the UNEB board to represent their interests.
“There should be at least two members of universities; one from the public and another from the private to be on the board of UNEB to cater for their interests,” he said.