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.
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.
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
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