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UNEB: Verona College under probe over alleged examination malpractice

Students sitting their O level exams. File Photo

Kamuli, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police in Busoga North is investigating reports of examination malpractice at Verona College in Kamuli district.

It is alleged that the invigilators connived with the school’s administration to provide some students with the examination papers before the exam started.

Preliminary findings indicate that 64 students were meant to sit for the chemistry practical examination at the same center on Wednesday afternoon, but due to limited apparatus and space, the invigilators resolved to carry out the examination in two shifts.

The first shift of 30 students started the practical examination and the 34 were locked up in the waiting room. However, during an impromptu monitoring exercise, a UNEB scout cited invigilators and students discussing the ongoing practical examination, prompting him to tip off police officers, who rounded off the examination center.

The school administrators have since declined to comment on the matter. However, the Busoga North Police Spokesperson, Michael Kasadha says that a general inquiry file on examination malpractice has been launched and detectives have finalized the process of recording statements from students, invigilators, and school administrators.

Kasadha says that there has been laxity in implementing the UNEB protocols of thoroughly checking students prior to accessing UNEB examination rooms at Verona College. He adds that when detectives conducted a search in the waiting room, they recovered examination materials and other undisclosed documents.

Joseph Waibi, the Kamuli District Education Officer says that they are liaising with a team of UNEB scouts and police to intensify security at the different examination centers.

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