Helen Mukakarisa Kataratambi, the Executive Secretary UNMEB, says that although students were thoroughly checked before the start of the examinations, five candidates entered the examination rooms with unauthorized materials, which called for the cancellation of their results.
National Nurses and Midwifery Examinations Board-UNMEB, has recorded its second
case of examination malpractices in the December 2020 examinations.
to the results issued on Thursday afternoon at Statehouse, Entebbe, the board
recorded eight cases of malpractice.
Helen Mukakarisa Kataratambi, the Executive Secretary UNMEB,
says that although students were thoroughly checked before the start of the examinations,
five candidates entered the examination rooms with unauthorized
materials, which called for the cancellation of their results.
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Kataratambi notes that four candidates from the Indian
Institute of Health Sciences and Iganga School of Nursing and Midwifery entered
with written notebooks in the examination room. Similarly, one certificate
candidate from Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery was found writing answers
on a handkerchief.
Two candidates presented forged practical logbooks while one
candidate from International Institute of Health Sciences Jinja entered with a
mobile phone. The board registered its first case of examination malpractice in
the June 2019 examination involving 13 candidates, who received external
Besides, UNMEB where cheating is still a new phenomenon,
the vice is widely spread in all the national examinations. Educationists blame
the vice on the current assessment system, decaying moral fibre and liberation
of education. While releasing the
examination results, the Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha
Museveni, condemned the malpractice and urged the examinations board to uphold the
integrity of examinations
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Meanwhile, 123 registered candidates didn’t turn up for the
final examinations. According to reports 116 candidates from different Training
Institutions did not return to schools citing various reasons relating to
COVID-19 including lack of tuition.
One candidate reportedly died before the examination date
while another left school a few days to the examinations seeking spiritual help
from her pastor due to social problems. A total of 8,383 candidates from 92
accredited Nursing and Midwifery Training Institutions sat December 2020
UNMEB Final Semester Examinations.
451 registered candidates
registered for the diploma exams. Six of
them passed with distinctions, 240 passed with credits and 167 registered
passes. 12 candidates were ungraded while 26 candidates were absent. Out 7,932
candidates for Certificate programs, 1,103 candidates passed with distinctions,
6,100 passed with credits while 437 registered passes. 195 candidates were
un-graded and 97 were absent.
These candidates should have sat their final
examinations in June 2020 but educations were still closed because of the
nationwide lockdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates returned to
school in September 2020 and completed their respective programs in December,