The recent leakage of Uganda Certificate of Examination (UCE) papers has been traced to Iganga district. The confirmation comes a week after media reports indicating that examination papers were circulating on social media long before they were done by the candidates.
UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says preliminary investigations have traced the leakage to storage station in Busesa. He adds that the area supervisor and scouts have since been arrested to aid investigations into the matter.
“The scout sent to guard the exam confessed that he was paid 1 million Shillings to give his keys to perpetrators of the fraud,” Odong told journalists in Kampala today.
According to Odongo, over 26 people from various districts have so far been arrested in relation to the examination leakage. Of the arrested; five were from Entebbe, five from Rwizi, four from Rwenzori west region, two from Serere, one from Amuria, nine from Kampala and one from Iganga.
They include private school teachers, a student, a director of a private school and bursar of a government school among others.
Odongo says the involvement of teachers is an “indictment of teachers who have made education a business.” He however adds that UNEB was still pondering the next course of action.
“Our scouts from other parts of the country have told us that examinations in their areas were going on well and were not affected by news of the examination leaks.”
“Until the impact is established, we shall not know what appropriate measure to take to handle the after effect of the exam. So for now we do not know whether we shall cancel the exam or reduce or increase the pass mark. We shall only know what to do after we establish what can be done.”
In this period when Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) examinations have kicked off, the communication regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) have come out to warn the public on perpetrating in online examination malpractice. The commission and other security agencies have received reports that a racket of unscrupulous individuals are using social media platforms like WhatsApp to commit examination malpractices and to fleece the unsuspecting members of the public of their money on the basis of fraudulent promises to offer them access to examination papers.
UCC warns in a blog post that “such practices are contrary to Section 19 of the Uganda National Examinations Board Act (Cap 173) and the Computer Misuse Act 2011.”
UCC is working closely with UNEB and other security agencies to track the authors of such messages and the general public is advised against participating, aiding and abetting any such illegal practices in order to avoid the risk of either becoming victims to such frauds or being arrested and/or prosecuted for aiding and abetting crimes under the Uganda National Examinations Board Act (Cap 173) and the Computer Misuse Act 2011.
The commission has requested the to report any examination related malpractice incidents encountered online for further investigation.
By Alice Lubwama
An NRM member who stood and lost in the last elections Dr. Elizabeth Nabatanzi Lugudde has asked the party chairman president Museveni to sack the NRM electoral commission chairman DR. Tanga odoi saying that he is competent.
Addressing journalists in Kampala today Dr. Nabatanzi said that Tanga does not deserve to stay in that office because of the shame he has brought to the party, when all the people cleared by his commission to stand on the party ticket are being thrown out of parliament without the required academic papers.
Nabatanzi says more NRM members who were cleared by Tanga’s commission are to be thrown out of parliament just like his opponent Ssozi Isaac Mulindwa of Lugazi municipality who lost his seat recently.
She pins Tanga for failing to listen to the petition she made against Ssozi , over academic papers after the NRM primaries.
Tanga denied the responsibility of verifying the papers of candidates, saying that it is the work of UNEB and National Council of Higher Education.
The minister for education Jessica Alupo has issued a directive to UNEB to cancel center numbers for schools that are persistently involved in examination malpractice. The minister made the directive while releasing the 2015 UCE examination results at Lugogo. She says the habit of malpractice is destroying the education system in Uganda. Results of2060 candidates from 86 examination centers were withheld due to malpractice.
Mathematics and Sciences were the worst performed subjects in last year’s UCE . Mathew Bukenya UNEB secretary says results for 2,060 candidates have been withheld due to suspected malpractice from 86 examination centers. He says over r 90% of malpractice for which some results have been withheld is in Mathematics & Science Most of the malpractice was done by teachers inside the Examination rooms. Female students performed better than Male students in English and CRE, while overall Male candidates performed better than their female counter parts.
Bukenya says there’s evidence that teachers speculated questions to be set and the students therefore ended up giving wrong answers. Failure to read and interpret the questions by candidates contributed to the poor performance. Bukenya says absenteeism rose from 1.4% in 2014 to 2.1% in 2015. More boys were absent compared girls. Elnino rains and bad roads affected the movement of scouts, invigilators & transportation of examination papers to the centers.