“You will recall that in 2018, UNEB introduced the use of Random Numbers instead of school names. These numbers were tagged to the school EMIS numbers. From this year, the EMIS numbers will not be used, but actual random numbers generated for each center per paper,” Odongo.
Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has
unveiled guidelines for this year Primary Leaving Examination–PLE with
intentions of curbing examination malpractices.
In the new guidelines dubbed “Regulations on
the Conduct and Supervision of PLE 2019”, UNEB has dropped the Education
Management Information System (EMIS) numbers that were used last year. The examination body will now provide a random
number for each paper sat by candidates.
“You will recall that in 2018, UNEB introduced
the use of Random Numbers instead of school names. These numbers were tagged to
the school EMIS numbers. From this year, the EMIS numbers will not be used, but
actual random numbers generated for each center per paper,” Odongo.
this means is that each candidate will use a different random number for each
of the four examination papers. The UNEB Executive Secretary, Dan N. Odongo
disclosed this during the annual stakeholder’s meeting that was convened to
reflect on the management of PLE in 2019.
Odongo disclosed to URN that
while the random numbers were being used for secondary schools, they realized
the primary schools were also cheating, hence the change.
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He however, noted that candidates will use their personal
number assigned to them during registration. Odongo says they observed that during
marking last year some examiners realized that the random numbers used were
Education Management Information System identification numbers.
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Odongo says UNEB has designated examination
malpractice as a national security issue, which must be a concern of every
citizen, starting with district inspector of schools.
“We have to take the fight against examination
malpractice as personal crusades. We must be mindful of the mortal damage we
are doing to the young children in our schools whom we make pass through the
system with the belief that malpractice and corruption are normal ways of
life,” Odongo said.
Adding that; “We must prepare for the kind of country we
shall have sooner than later when people who will be in charge of the affairs
of the nation are those who will have made their way through cheating. Those
will be the doctors, lawyers, engineers, administrators we shall have.”
According to the new guidelines, UNEB scouts
and invigilators have been asked to ensure candidates check to ensure that
their names, district random number, school random number, candidate personal
numbers and signatures are written correctly on their scripts five minutes to
the end of the examination.
Odongo urged District Inspector of Schools and
Municipal Inspector of schools to closely work with the Board in fighting
examination malpractice by sensitizing all stakeholders and recommending field
officers of integrity.
“They should also declare schools of interest,”
Odongo discloses. Whereas the cases of cancelled results went down
in 2017, the numbers went up from 796 to 1,971 in 2018. Rose Nabukenya Mukasa, the UNEB Principal Examination Officer,
says the situation once not taken up seriously is worrying.
discloses that the examinations body has always pointed out that malpractice
undermines its credibility, and that of the entire education system in the
country. “We need to come out with a lot of determination to fight
this scourge,” Mukasa said.
Alex Kakooza, the Ministry of Education and
Sports permanent secretary, told URN that cabinet recently passed revisions to
the UNEB act, which includes stringent punishments for those involved in the
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Sources say this arrangement is likely to destabilize schools
in Kampala Metropolitan area since the examiners tend to use school numbers. Dokolo District Inspector of Schools, DL Okello
welcomed the use of randomized numbers for primary schools, saying they will go
a long way in curbing the malpractices.
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Some of examination malpractices according to UNEB occur
before examinations which include leakage of question paper contents through
Whatsapp, and or early release/ opening of question papers by unscrupulous
During examinations, UNEB says there are instances where UNEB
scouts, supervisors and invigilators are compromised through bribery and other
offers, threatening violence against examination officials, external assistance
from teachers, smuggling unauthorized materials by the candidate due to laxity
of invigilators as well as impersonation.