The Uganda National Examinations Board has released the official examination timetables for 2020, Primary Leaving Examination; Uganda Certificate of Education, and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.
The 2020 examinations are being held in 2021 because of the need to make up for time lost by the candidates during the lockdown due to COVID-19.
The Executive Secretary Mr. Dan N. Odongo said the theme this year is; ‘Integrity and security in the management of examinations; the health and safety of learners is a joint responsibility’.
Odongo said this year’s theme has been modified to emphasise the health and safety of learners.
“However, it also speaks to the health and safety of everyone involved in conducting these examinations. The theme highlights integrity and security because globally, we are being faced with the challenge of declining ethical values and morals.”
“It should be noted that the credibility of the examination body rests on the authenticity of the procedures, processes and practices under which the examinations have been conducted,” he told media at Uganda Media Centre on Friday.
He said this calls for utmost integrity, the quality of being honest, on the part of those involved at the various levels and the enhancement of security in all aspects of examination management.
Accordingly, UNEB is working with various security agencies to ensure that the security of the examinations is guaranteed.
The Board is equally conscious of the fact that the examination process will be bringing many persons together, especially the candidates who must gather in designated examination halls/rooms to write their examinations.
“The COVID19 pandemic makes it imperative for us to take into account the health and safety of the learners, as well as those conducting the examinations.”
“We are, therefore, emphasising that efforts must be made by all concerned to observe the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.”
“But other than COVID19, we are also concerned about the overall health, safety and general wellbeing of both the candidates and everyone involved in the examination process.”
“We would like to underscore attributes good feeding/ proper nutrition to ensure strong body immunity against any form of illness; timekeeping for those coming from home, to avoid rush hour moments that can easily lead to accidents. As well as ensuring general the mental and spiritual wellbeing of both the candidates and those conducting the examinations. Our emphasis is that, of necessity, this is a joint responsibility by all the stakeholders involved in the conduct of examinations.