PLE: Uneb scraps use of school, district names

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Dan Odongo, Uneb executive secretary [Photo credit: Nicholas Bamulanzeki]

Primary Seven [P.7] candidates will sit for Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) next week, according to the earlier released national exams time table.

Addressing press on Thursday, Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) executive secretary, Dan N Odongo, said the candidates will not include district and school names on their examination and answer booklets.

According to him, the candidates will instead be issued random numbers and district codes to write alongside their index numbers.

By the time results are released next year, the random numbers and codes will have been interpreted back to the school name which is known to Uneb.

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The measure is already existing at Senior Four and Senior Six levels but Uneb is now introducing it on the primary level to solve the issue of “conflict of interest” by examiners and those who mark the scripts.

“I don’t want us to run into bias because it happens to anyone. When a marker knows the school, location and so forth,” Odongo told media.

He added: “In order to get rid of these influences, we want to keep the schools and their districts anonymous. This is an effort to ensure the reliability of the marking so that candidates get the marks they deserve without any influence.”

Some 695,793 candidates have registered to sit PLE from 13,475 centres across the country compared to 671,923 from 13,072 centres in 2018.

This represents an increase of 23, 870 (3.6 per cent) candidates.

Of the total candidature, 473,986 are from Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools and 221,807 private.

This is the fifth year Uneb is registering more females at 359,764 compared to 336,029 males.

Last year, Uneb introduced the use of Education Management Information System (EMIS) numbers instead of writing school names as a prototype at this level.

EMIS is issued by the Education ministry upon registration of a school while random numbers are six-digit codes generated electronically by Uneb.

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