Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has withheld the Primary Leaving Examinations results of 1,886 pupils for alleged malpractice.
Dan Odongo, the UNEB Executive Secretary, says while examinations were free from leakage, the board is investigating cases of examination malpractice involving about 2000 pupils across the country.
"There were forms of examination malpractices especially assistance given to candidates by third parties inside the examination rooms," Odongo said while releasing the PLE results this morning.
Adding that, "All candidates whose results have been withheld will be accorded a hearing by the Board's Examination Security Committee as required by the law of natural justice. Those candidates whose results will be cleared will have their results released."
Prof. Mary Okwakol, the UNEB board chairperson, says majority of the affected candidates are from Kabarole district.
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He says the available evidences shows that the candidates received help in mathematics and Science. “The board has resolved that after investigations, steps will be taken to engage relevant authorities to chart a way forward," Prof. Okwakol said.
Addressing journalist shortly after the release of the results, Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataaha Museveni cautioned parents and teachers to stop the habit of cheating examinations for their children.
She attributed examination malpractice to ignorance and urged all stakeholders to stop the practice by educating parents and teachers on the consequences.
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A total of 640,833 candidates from 12,391 centres registered for PLE in 2016. 488,310 of these representing 76 percent were from UPE schools. 63,400 pupils passed in division one.