UNEB releases more examination guidelines

By Alice Lubwama

With just a few  days   for  Primary Seven candidates   to sit for their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) , Uganda national examinations board has issued more  guidelines in a bid to fight examination malpractices.

This year the candidates  will only write their names and code numbers for schools  on their examination papers  but not the names of the schools in order to make it a little more  difficult for those who would like to manipulate the results according to Dan Odong the executive secretary UNEB.

Odong says  that some markers have been easily identifying the students they need to favor from the names of the  schools  written on  the examination papers and  this will increase the integrity of the  examinations.

PLE  will be  done on  November 5th and 6th, and the candidates  will start with Mathematics in the morning of November 5th and do Social Studies in the afternoon. Morning papers shall start at 9.00 am while
those in the afternoon shall commence at 2.00 PM On November 6th, candidates shall  sit for the Science paper in the morning and then English in the afternoon.

The examination body  has other  guidelines  which  the schools and candidates  need to follow in order  not to be disqualified  or that can led to the cancellation of the entire results.

Smuggling of unauthorized material inside the examination room, copying from one another or collusion, external assistance given by teachers, supervisors, invigilators and any other persons, prior knowledge of examination questions (leakage), impersonation (i.e. hiring somebody else to sit the examination,another person, rather than the duly registered candidate sitting the examination , improper behavior e.g. making noise, disobeying, threatening and attacking scouts, Supervisors, Invigilators etc.

English and Mathematics were worst done subjects as per 2017 results, and schools from the eastern region  registered a high failure rate by the candidates.

Leaders  from the worst performing  districts such as   Manafwa have given   Numerous reasons  for the performance including erratic transfer of teachers, interference of politicians and laxity of parents.

The teachers are accusing  several politicians, with no experience in the education sector, of punishing them unnecessarily, as  ,  Several parents in Manafwa agreed that they haven’t been  hard on their
children   encouraging  an attitude of laxity.