PLE Starts Amid Heavy Floods in Western Uganda

As Primary leaving Examinations kick off Monday across Uganda, drugs site three emergency centers have been established for the Ntoroko’s displaced flood victims.

The centers were put in place by UNICEF in conjunction with the Ministry of Education to enable the primary seven candidates do their final examinations for 2014 without experiencing any difficulties.

Ntoroko Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Wilson Isingoma said district officials were forced to create three emergence centers that will host and accommodate pupils to do their P.L.E after their schools were destroyed by floods.

The centers are Rwamabale in Kibuuku Sub-County which will accommodate 52 candidates, Butungama in Butungama Primary in Sub County hosting 126 pupils and Kamuhigi Primary in Rwebisengo sub county to take charge of 264 candidates.

Ntoroko  District Education Officer, Masereka Mubaraka, said they agreed with Ministry of Education and the Examining body (UNEB)  to move the candidates to these special venues.

“The district provided vehicles while UNICEF facilitated us with fuel to have the children transported to these centers,” said Masereka.

“UNICEF provided tents at the centers where they will be accommodated for two days. However, there are no mosquito nets. The children have no mattresses and blankets. They will be sleeping in coldness and therefore need God’s prayers to do these examinations”.

Masereka expressed concern over lack of safe water in the area since boreholes were submerged by floods.


The toilet facilities in the area are also inadequate, putting the candidates at the risk of water-borne diseases.

UNICEF promised to provide the centers with drinking water.

The district started experiencing heavy floods on October 24 following heavy rains in the hilly areas of Democratic Republic of Congo that led to bursting of Rive Semuliki.

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