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