Unlike Primary Leaving Examinations(PLE) that begun with a heavy downpour in many areas, the good weather that many teachers and UNEB staff were optimistic would enable exams start on time didn't help.
Senior 6 candidates at Gulu Senior Secondary School walking to the examination hall
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) started late in
most parts of the country this morning despite the good weather.
many schools that Uganda Radio Network (URN) visited, examinations
begun after the designated time of 9:00 a.m. In Kampala, Wakiso, Mbarara
and many other areas upcountry examinations at some examination centers
begun as late as 9:40am.
Kampala, the delay in the start of the examinations has been attributed
to traffic jam while in Entebbe the UNEB area supervisor delayed to open
the exam storage facility..
Kampala Secondary School, exams arrived at 8:30am, and students begun
writing their exams at 9:15 a.m. According to Fred Bagenda, the
Headmaster of the School, the delay was caused by invigilators who were
slow at checking the candidates.
" The exams
were picked on time. By 8:30 am they had arrived at the school but they
started late because invigilators were slow while checking the
learners. This was unfortunate because we expected to start on time
since we only have 45 candidates," he said.
other parts of Kampala, some candidates begun late because they had not
cleared balances on fees. At Samson Memorial Secondary schools in
Kampala, students who had not cleared all the fees had a rough morning
as the school management had denied them entrance to the examination
saying we must clear to zero balance,” said a student found at the
office pleading with the deputy head teacher. However, later on the
students were allowed in the examination rooms. But some headteachers
revealed that many students have managed to sit for examination before
clearing all their fees. Irene Mwaka of Gulu Senior Secondary, a
government aided school reveals that some students hadn’t cleared their
fees and their parents and guardians have not approached them for a
grace period hence the delay in starting.
Kidega Oola, the Deputy Head-teacher of Gulu College, also says the
issue of school fees remains contentious between some of the defaulting
students and the school, they are negotiating best ways with parents to
clear their pending dues.
students are yet to clear school fees; we are negotiating with their
parent on when this money should be paid. however, we have allowed the
candidates to seat for examinations,” said Oola.
Schools located in Entebbe also begun late after some of the area supervisors arrived at 8:30 a.m.
from far to reach schools, those that are 4kms from the police station,
such as Entebbe Girls SS and Merry land High School in Kigungu started
writing exams after 9:40 a.m. Ruth Muyinda, the UNEB Area supervisor for
schools in Entebbe and surrounding areas told URN that the delays were
expected on the first day.
western part of the country, heavy downpour delayed the start of the
examinations. In Mbarara, Isingiro and Kiruhura Districts, the
examination distribution process was greatly affected by a heavy
downpour recorded in the morning hours. As a result, many schools
started exams past 9:15 am.
Unlike elsewhere where delays were experienced, in Mukono the process has been conducted smoothly and on time.