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Entrance in many schools around Kampala was also restricted. At some schools, the parents of were not allowed into the schools while in other schools, visitors had to go through a series of checks.
Senior Four candidates entering laboratories at St. Josephs Girls Secondary School -Nsambya on Monday as UCE exams commence.

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Senior Four students across the country have started their national examinations today. The examinations set by the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB, started with physics Practical paper, to be followed by Art still life later today.

As early as 7:00 am, examination storage centres were open in the presence of the headteachers and Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB officials.

At Jinja road police station, an army officer and a police officer were stationed at the storage containers the entire morning stopping headteachers from accessing the facility until 8:30 a.m.

Eve Konde, the Area Supervisor says that they do not want headteachers to have access to the examinations for a long time, which could lead to malpractices.

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Entrance in many schools around Kampala was also restricted. At some schools, the parents of were not allowed into the schools while in other schools, visitors had to go through a series of checks.

Catherine Onen, the headteacher at Kitante Hill School says the measures have been put in place to ensure that the environment around the schools is calm.

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At St. Joseph Girls Secondary School –Nsambya the candidates were taken through thorough checks before they entered the laboratories.

Leopold Higirwa, the UNEB Chief Invigilator says he doesn’t expect any case of examination malpractice, saying that the students have been fully prepared and appear confident.    

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At Kibuli Secondary School, URN reporter was blocked from accessing the school premises.

However, a security guard disclosed they had instructions from the school administrators not to allow any parent of a candidate to access the school, especially during the examination period.

At Nsambya SS URN reporter was also blocked from entering the school even after presenting proper identification. The headteacher only accepted to speak behind the gate. 

In a bid to curb examination malpractices, UNEB has set up new security features.

At examination storage facilities, electronic locks that are monitored at the head office have been installed to keep track of who gains access and at what time. The electronic locks can also be disabled at the head office in cases where malpractice is suspected.  

For centres without the electronic locks, UNEB has increased the number of padlocks attached to each storage facility. Each storage container will have two separate padlocks, with one set of keys given to a security officer and another to the area supervisor. 

The examination body has also procured signal jammers that will make sure that the people printing the examinations cannot communicate with people out of the printing facility. 

A total of 168,639 candidates registered for this year's examination from 3,531 centres.  A total of 18,484 officers have been hired to officiate this year's examinations at all the three levels of examinations.