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PLE starts today

By Joan Akello

About 560,000 pupils will sit this year for their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

They started with Mathematics this morning and social studies and religious education in the afternoon. Tomorrow, they will have science and end with English in the afternoon.

The National Examinations Board (UNEB) released tight guidelines ahead of exams.

On 2ND Nov. the board’s top officials set new measures and tougher penalties including barring candidates from re-sitting for those caught cheating.

Police and security agencies will also monitor and arrest culprits of exam malpractice in all districts.

According to the exam body executive secretary, Mathew Bukenya, there has been information that schools across the country with parents are conniving to bribe field officials to leak the exams.

“Some head teachers have collected money for this purpose and this money is being paid by parents,” Bukenya said over the weekend.

He warned parents, school authorities, transporters of papers from the storage facilities to the examination centres against engaging in exam malpractice.

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