Uganda National Examination Board and Police have issued out warnings to schools and other individuals that intend to engage in Examination malpractice.
The warnings come at a time when Senior Four Students are set to write their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams that will start officially on Monday October 15th.
It should however be noted that practical exams in Home Science subjects (food and nutrition and home management), oral and aural exams in French and German languages conducted by visiting examiners have been going on since September 24th.
On Friday, October 12th, there will be a countrywide briefing of candidates which will be conducted by heads of centers.
While addressing the Press on Thursday morning at UNEB offices in Ntinda, the Board Executive secretary Dan Nokrach Odongo called upon those involved in the management of the examinations to actualize the 2018 theme: ‘Integrity and security in the management of Examinations is NY Responsibility’.
“Examination malpractice is a vice, a cancer that eats at the very core of the education system of the country,” Odong noted.
“While the headteachers, school directors, teachers and parents who contribute the money to facilitate this vice look at the short term gain of good results, they are not mindful of the great damage being done to those children.”
He warned schools and candidates about the existence of fake papers that are being sold by unprofessional teachers.
Odong also advised candidates to be confident and not panic.
To the teachers, he stated: “I warn you strongly to leave the candidates to write on their own, you have had four years to teach and it’s now time for the students to show what they have learnt.”
According to UNEB, the field conduct of the 2018 UCE exams will be managed by 470 area supervisors, 3658 centre supervisors, and 13279 invigilators.
The above, will work with security personnels at all points.
Police official, Elly Maate, briefly noted: “It is our role and mandate to work hand in hand with UNEB to avoid discrepancies, we are going to work with all other security organs to escort, store and carry out investigations, among others.”
It was also revealed that many culprits have already been arrested while others are on the run.
336740 candidates registered for the examination from 3658 centres at 470 storage stations across the country. This is an increase from last year which saw 326212 students register.
Female candidates make up 49.5 percent, nearly the same number of males. 45.2 percent of the candidates are beneficiaries of Government Universal Education program.
Written papers will commence on Monday October 15 with 535/3 Physics as the first paper. The last paper will be written on November 16.