By Vision reporters
Senior Six candidates started their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams on Monday in an exercise officials described as peaceful.
A total of 116,027 are sitting for this year’s exams at 1,310 registered UNEB centres, indicating an increase of 5,000 candidates compared to last year.
The students started with Economics and Biology papers.
Exams started on time in most Kampala schools and went on without incident in most parts of the country. In Soroti, Serere and Amuria districts, the exercise was peaceful.
Sylvester Ocatum, the area supervisor of Soroti who also coordinates Serere and Amuria districts, said the exams started on time and no cases of malpractices were reported.
Ocatum who doubles as the head teacher of Teso College Aloet explained that the excise has was smooth and rain did not disrupt the delivery of papers like in the past.
In Kibaale district, exams started well, except for challenges of laboratory specimen reported at some examination centers.
At Kagadi Secondary School, the Biology Practicals exam started an hour later due to inadequate specimen.
The school’s head teacher, Joseph Mugenyi Kyomuhangi said the school did not get laboratory equipment from the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), prompting it to purchase them at its own cost.
Exams at Kagadi Academy URDT Girls, St Margaret Muhorro Girls and Kagadi People’s School centers in Kagadi town council went on smoothly.
In Mbale, students at Grace Secondary School, exams started a few minutes late. The chief invigilator, Herbert Weboya attributed the delay to multiple checks at the local police station where papers are kept.
In Namayingo district, heavy downpour disrupted the start of exams in several schools, forcing students to start the economics paper late.
The affected schools include Buswale, Dede and Buhemba. The district education officer, Kaawo Kawere said the exams were generally peaceful.
(Compiled by Taddeo Bwambale, Godfrey Ojore, Moses Bikala, Paul Watala)
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