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Police deployed in schools to curb exam malpractice

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police have been deployed in schools suspected of being involved in examination malpractice.

The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education- UACE started on Monday.

Police Operations spokesperson Samson Lubega, who is also a representative on the UNEB Examination Security Committee, says that the officers were deployed on the orders of UNEB.

“We have more security personnel at schools that have been mapped out by UNEB to be suspected of being involved in examination malpractice. These schools have been mapped out as red schools and will have security personnel stationed there.”

UNEB and the police have declined to release the list of the schools.

However, URN reporter noted the presence of police at Kitante Hill School patrolling different areas of the school.

The headteacher Catherine Onen says that the police were deployed to maintain law and order during the examination process.

Efforts to get a comment from UNEB Executive Secretary were futile.

The UACE candidates started with Mathematics paper one and History paper 3 and 4- European history and world affairs respectively. In the afternoon candidates will write Mathematics paper two and History Paper one and two.

The head teacher of Kigezi High School Stephen Mugume says that exam begun on time and they have so far not yet registered any challenges.

A total of 99,672 candidates are expected to sit for this year’s UACE across the country from 2,217 examination centers. A decrease in the number of candidates sitting for examinations this year has been registered compared to the 102,007 who sat in 2017.

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