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Early Rains Delays Delivery of UACE Exams

Hajji Buwembo, the head teacher of Kakungulu Memorial School says that they to improvise transport means to pick up the examination papers. "Due to the morning rains there was a lot of traffic jam and many of us had to improvise and use Boda boda to pick out examinations," he said.
11 Nov 2019 10:43
The early morning rains delayed the dispatch of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education-UACE exams from Jinja road police station in Kampala this morning. Most of the head teachers and UNEB officials arrived at Jinja Road Police Station to pick up the exams around 8:15am because of the early morning rains.  

The head teachers were expected to arrive 8:00am and leave Jinja road Police station for the examination centers around 8:20am. This delayed the start of the examinations that were scheduled to start at exactly 9am.  Hajji Buwembo, the head teacher of Kakungulu Memorial School says that they to improvise transport means to pick up the examination papers. 

"Due to the morning rains there was a lot of traffic jam and many of us had to improvise and use Boda boda to pick out examinations," he said.   Eve Konde, the area supervisor at Jinja Road Police Station says that due to the rains, some head teachers arrived late.

“We encourage head teachers to be here at 8:00 am and wait for around 20 minutes before we start giving out papers. But this time round, some teachers were arriving at 8:30 am the time they are supposed to be leaving here to go back to the schools with their papers," Konde said.   

Davis Buwembo, an examination scout said that due to the rains, examination officers arrived late at schools and storage centers. "Due to the rains, we arrived late. We were supposed to have an early morning briefing before we leave for our stations but we began late and ended up leaving at the same time with teachers," Buwembo said.  

At Kawempe police station head teachers from several schools were seen jumping on Boda bodas as soon as they received the papers.  Despite this, papers didn’t reach the centers on time. Some schools like Makerere College School, Namugunga Girls, St Joseph in Nansana hadn’t received the papers by 9:00 am when our reporters visited.  

Jennifer Kalule, the UNEB Spokesperson, says distributing exams is one of the biggest challenges during their examination period. She says however, says over time they keep on introducing tactics to go around the challenges. She says that with the traffic issues in mind, Kampala is treated a ‘rural area’ and they always give them more time. 

Trailing Deliver of UACE  

URN followed the Lake Side College van from Jinja road police station to the school. The van set off from the police Station at 8:45 am and used the Nakawa, Kitintale route via Makerere University Business School.

 

There was light traffic along the way. Traffic officers at the T-junction near Bugolobi market allowed the school van to by-pass traffic and continue on its way. The van raced at breakneck speed in Luzira due to low traffic and arrived at the school at 9:00 am. 

Candidates were already seated in the examination rooms patiently waiting for the arrival of the papers. Examinations started at 9:10 am. Fredrick Sentumbwe, the head teacher of Lake Side College Luzira, says the stickers placed on the van issued by KCCA really help them when transporting examinations. 

He says that without the stickers, on days that it rains like today, they would be arriving at 10:00 am.   

“We were given stickers by KCCA which help us by-pass traffic if the need comes. If we didn’t have the stickers, we would be arriving late. But with the stickers, when we are running late like today and reach traffic where an officer is, we are allowed to pass,” Sentumbwe said. 

A total of 104,481 candidates are expected to sit UACE examinations from 1,982 centers this year.

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