Military will start escorting Uneb exam papers

Prof Mary Okwakol, the Uganda National Examinations Board chairperson

Prof Mary Okwakol, the Vice Chancellor of Busitema University and chair of Uganda National Examinations Board [Uneb] says security forces will now begin escorting examination papers to avoid malpractices.

She was speaking at the release of 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations [PLE] in Kampala on Friday.

Prof Okwakol said candidature has continued to increase under Universal Primary Education [UPE] as more girls have been able to stay in the cycle of education.

She said many districts registered few candidates in 2017 than in 2016.

Most of these districts were subjected to pre-tests and those who didn’t get a pass mark couldn’t register for the exams.

She said examination malpractices continue to pose a threat to the sanctity of education.

“The curbing of this vice is no-longer only a UNEB affair, it requires collective effort.”

She said starting this year, the distribution of exams will be escorted by security personnel from distribution centres to sitting centres.

“UNEB’s communication policy doesn’t include issuing information on social media,” Prof Okwakol said.

“I wish to inform the public that UNEB’s communication policy doesn’t provide for issuing of official communication through social media, public should disregard any future information emanating through these sources.”

She said examination malpractice will now be viewed as a national security threat.