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Dan. N. Odongo, the UNEB Executive Secretary, said this at media briefing at the government owned Uganda Media Center. He it is advisable for candidates to check their registration status to avoid last minute disappointments.
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Uganda National Examinations Board has advised all candidates scheduled to sit this year’s national examinations to personally verify their registration status. 

Dan. N. Odongo, the UNEB Executive Secretary, said this at media briefing at the government owned Uganda Media Center. He it is advisable for candidates to check their registration status to avoid last minute disappointments.

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Last year, several candidates missed examinations because their names didn’t appear on the final registration list. More than 70 candidates are reported to have missed the examinations.   

Verification of the registration status can be carried out by either inspecting the candidate’s register at the examination center or through the SMS mobile network system. Those with internet can also access the register by visiting the e-registration portal of the examination body.   

For both the candidate register and the registration portal, a picture of the candidate should be attached to the candidate’s information. Odongo says that if candidates are not registered, no information will be available.

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The examination body says that candidates who discover that they are not registered can be helped if they report early. “Registration is over but we have a mechanism to help such learners. Students who report shall be asked to pay for late registration and as such will be added onto the list,”Odongo says.  

Candidates who discover that they are not registered will have to pay double for registration. At primary level, candidates pay Shillings 34,000 for registration while those in O and A' level pay Shillings 164,000 and 186,000 respectively.   

Candidates who register late will pay Shillings 68,000 at primary and Shillings 328,000 at O' level and Shillings 372,000 for A level. According to UNEB, some learners pay registration fees in schools that lack examination centers.     

The State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Seninde, says parents need to make sure their children are being registered in licensed schools.

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The examination body says it is also carrying out its internal verification process to make sure that the data sent in by schools is accurate. “Our teams are currently going through all the data and shall be calling schools personally to follow up on instances where irregularities are noted.  For example, if schools have registered very few candidates, we shall call to find out why,” he said. 

National examinations are scheduled to start with briefing on October 11, 2019 for Level candidates and November 1, 2019 for primary seven candidates. 

A’ level students will start their examinations on November 8, 2019.  Results from the 2018 national examinations showed that mathematics was the worst performed subject at primary level and science subjects at secondary level.  

Odongo advises teachers to work on the noted weak areas and avoid buying fake leaked examinations.  

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For this year examinations, a total of 1,137,300 candidates have registered to sit for examinations in 2019.