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UCE: Alupo Asks UNEB to Cancel Schools that Have Persistently Cheated Exams

Results for 80 centers have been withheld by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) as a result of examination malpractice.

The outgoing UNEB Executive Secretary Prof. Matthew Bukenya while releasing the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) results for 2015 said that much as no leakages were registered, stomach http://dcdal.org/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/blocks/mainnav.php some schools had cases of cheating.

UNEB is withholding results of 2, for sale 060 candidates.

“Forms of malpractice occurred inside the examination rooms due to acts of omission and commission by invigilators, teachers and head teachers,” he said on Friday.

He further noted that UNEB scouts detected cases of impersonation, collusion, external assistance and smuggling of unauthorized materials. Cheating occurred mostly in science practical papers, theory papers as well as Mathematics.

In cases of impersonation, suspects were arrested and charged. Two of these from Boston High School Entebbe were convicted and sentenced to a fine of 500,000 or 8 months imprisonment. Other cases are still in court in Kasese and Kitgum.

A total of 41 schools had above 20 cases of malpractice with 136 as the highest for one school; Crane High School in Kawempe. Others include; Lorreth S.S Mukono (104), Bukandula College Gomba (107), Bwikara S.S (93), Ambrozio S.S Kyengeza (90) and Ave Maria S.S (88) among others.

The Minister of Education Hon. Jessica Alupo condemned the practice and asked UNEB to withdraw centers that have persistently engaged in malpractice.

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“I condemn the vice of exam malpractice which affects the quality of education. This reflects the lack of teaching leading to the urge for cheating,” she asserted,  adding; “All schools that have engaged in cheating more than once should have their centers cancelled.”

According to UNEB findings, teachers continue to deliberately disclose confidential information meant to help prepare for practical papers to students.

As a result of speculation, candidates ended up providing wrong and irrelevant answers leading to a sharp drop in performance especially in Biology.

“UNEB will accord suspected candidates a hearing for them to make their case and those found culpable will have their results cancelled,” said Bukenya.

 

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