Primary leaving Examinations delayed to start in some city schools this morning due to the late arrival of examination officials. Some of the officials arrived 30 minutes after the examinations starting time.
While most of the schools registered a smooth beginning of the examinations, a few cases of irregularities were registered in others. St. Paul Church of Uganda Primary School in Kyebando had to get a new examinations supervisor because the one appointed by UNEB failed to show up. The school never received prior information about who their examination officials would be until when they showed up.
Two other invigilators showed up about 30 minutes late when the exams had started. John Michael Mirimu, the UNEB scout in charge of the school says they had to delay the start of the examinations as they waited for the examination officials to report. He says despite the delays, the rest of the process went on smoothly;
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At Kampala Model School, the situation was normal. By 8:00am all the examination officials had reported for duty. Vincent Gidudu, the head teacher Kampala Model School says he had no problems with the examination officials.
Gidudu says KCCA officials also promptly delivered examination papers making work easier. Out of 56 candidates who registered, one pupil dropped out of school;
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At Nakivubo Blue, Buganda and Bat Valley Primary schools, the examinations started without major incidences. Kisule Primary school in Bukoto also had a smooth beginning.
Leonard Opio, the head teacher Kisule Primary school says they had prepared there candidates early enough to sit the examinations. The school also registered candidates form Sancta Maria and Waterford Primary schools.
The case of missing examination officials is not new. At the beginning of the Uganda Certificate of Education examinations, some officials were informed about their assignments in the morning. At the time, UNEB promised to rectify the anomalies with subsequent examinations. However, the problem keeps on popping back. UNEB officials have not commented as they couldn't be reached.
Attempts by our reporter to get clarifications from the Executive Secretary, Mathew Bukenya and Public Relations Officer, were unsuccessful as they neither picked nor returned calls from our reporter.