The examinations body, the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has refuted reports circulating on social media that examinations for PLE, UCE, and UACE will be done online due to the continued closure of schools in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“If conditions persist, we are likely to consider having PLE, UCE, and UACE examinations done online. We have set up unique measures that will ensure a secure and flawless flow of the system. But that is only if conditions don’t change by September,” read a fake post on social media refuted by UNEB.
The UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo has clearly stated that the Board has not decided to conduct online examinations adding that they only await guidance from the Ministry of Education.
“It has come to the attention of the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) that there are some unscrupulous people operating a fake social media account in the names of UNEB and are now circulating fake information to the effect that UNEB is likely to consider conducting online examinations if conditions persist,” Odongo said.
“UNEB disassociates itself from such fake information and informs the public that online conduct of examinations has not been considered as an option,” he added.
He further explained that they shall await guidance from the Ministry of Education and Sports on the reopening of schools and subsequent conduct of examinations.
President Museveni on March 18, 2020, ordered the closure of all educational institutions in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the nation recently, the Education Minister and First Lady Janet Museveni said that as Government, having seen how COVID-19 is ravaging countries that had imposed and later lifted the lockdown, it will exercise patience before reopening schools.
She went ahead and advised Universities to adopt e-learning.
Government has since embarked on the process of distributing study materials to children at home.
It remains unclear when schools will be reopened.