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UNEB Relieved as Education Service Commission Accords Special Attention to Examiners

Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the Secretary of Education Service Commission, says the commission has decided to first attend to the examiners to allow them to go for marking since it is critical to the entire education sector.
Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Secretary Education Service Commission
The Education Service Commission has decided to reschedule its interviews to accord special attention to examiners to allow them to attend the 2020 National examination marking and assessment activities. Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB has been in panic since last week due to the failure of a reasonable number of teachers and examiners to show up for marking, which had been scheduled to start on April 26.  

 

Information obtained by URN shows that some of the teachers and examiners had scheduled interviews with the Education Service Commission. Some are expecting promotions and entry into public service. Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the Secretary Education Service Commission, says the commission has decided to first attend to the examiners to allow them to go for marking since it is critical to the entire education sector.  

“Many of the examiners had interviews with the commission on different dates. One had two options either attending the interview or go for marking. Of course many had chosen interviews. To ensure that the interview doesn’t jeopardize marking we have put up a special arrangement for them,” says Lukwago.  He says that the commission is currently interviewing examiners from the centers where they had applied to hold the interviews.  

Jennifer Kalule-Musumba, the UNEB spokesperson, says they requested an earlier date to ensure that once the examiners are in the marking centers they cannot leave.  “We could not allow everyone to come and leave the marking centers at their will because of the interviews. UNEB has a strong policy, which bars examiners from communicating with people or leaving the marking center,” says Kalule. 

Dr, Lukwago says that the commission has also agreed to hold special interviews for examiners who will not be able to make it to the interview centres on the set date.   “We understand some had already travelled to marking centers or left their home and may not be in a position to travel in time. They shouldn’t worry. We advise them to go for marking and later after the activities are complete, we will communicate to them about another arrangement,” Lukwago said.    

This year, the examinations board is expecting 2,000 examiners at 40 designated marking centers to mark Primary Leaving Examinations, Uganda Certificate of Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.  A total of 1,181,940 candidates registered for their final examinations this year. They include 749,807 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) candidates, 333,766 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) candidates and 98,367 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education-UACE candidates.   

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