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Caution against exam malpractice dominates UACE briefing

Uganda National Examination Board briefed S.6 candidates ahead of their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams set for next week. Students will start with European history and then mathematics paper 1 in the morning and mathematics paper 2 in the afternoon. According to the time table, a total of 98300 students will be seating for their first exams on Monday 12th April 2021.

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT  |  Headteachers have cautioned senior six candidates not to get involved in any form of examination malpractice. 

At some of the schools where URN reporters attended briefing sessions, candidates were cautioned to avoid being tempted to buy examination papers. 

Rogers Kimbugwe, the headteacher of Comprehensive College Kitetikka in Gayaza, says during the briefing, they emphasized the need to avoid cheating which has become common during exams.

Kimbugwe told candidates at his school not to be tempted to get involved in any kind of examination malpractice because UNEB would find out and they would be penalized. 

Edward Ssekiziyivu, the Deputy Headteacher in charge of administration and academics at Wampewo Ntake SS, says that they cautioned their students about examination malpractice and its consequences.

He says that the school has done its part of preparing the students for the examinations, therefore they should not be tempted to engage in malpractices. 

Hassan Kajjobi, the Principal, East High School Ntinda, with a total of 124 candidates, says all his students are set for the examinations. Kajjobi warned the candidates against malpractices that will harm the image of the school.  

He also told the candidates to refrain from acts of indiscipline during the examination period.

In February, the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB said that they want the forthcoming cycle of examinations to be carried out under a new law, which was passed by Parliament. 

The new Uganda National Examinations Board -UNEB Bill which seeks to repeal the 1983 Act creates reforms relating to the administration and management of primary and secondary national examinations. The bill suggested several stringent measures to curb malpractice in all three sets of national examinations.

The bill suggested that anyone who is caught cheating in national examinations should be jailed for 10-years or pay a fine of 40 million Shillings or both. It also suggested that a similar punishment be given to individuals who have been misappropriating examination registration fees for candidates.

A total of 98,367 candidates are registered to sit this year’s UACE examination from a total of 2,339 centres.



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