By press time, Odongo said no further teaching of students was expected to occur saying those caught would face severe sanctions.
Candidates of Kagadi Model School being checked before entering the examination room. Photo by Andrew Musinguzi
A total of 646,080 candidates will today (Thursday) and Friday write their final Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
A total of 333,495 female candidates who represent 51.6 percent of the total candidature as compared to their male counterparts who are at 48.4 percent.
Dan Odongo, the executive secretary Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) said it is the third year running, with more girls registering and sitting for these final examinations.
He said distribution of examination materials for the PLE candidates commenced on Tuesday evening starting with far reaching areas of Karamoja and the western regions.
“Officers from the field force unit of the Uganda Police Force are providing security on all the routes to ensure the materials are safe. The board has also instituted measures to escort question papers from storage stations to sitting centres,” Odongo said.
Odongo said no further teaching of students was expected to occur saying those caught would face severe sanctions.
“We warn all schools that no further teaching at night or at any other time is permitted after the briefing of candidates. We further warn schools against any exam malpractice.”
Polly Namaye, the deputy police spokesperson said police will continue to support UNEB in ensuring exams are delivered to their various destinations.
“We shall also arrest and prosecute any persons that will be caught against the law,” she said.
A total of 116 district monitors and scouts have been deployed from districts and UNEB headquarters to oversee the exams. Another unspecified number of security personnel have been put in place to ensure the examination is conducted in accordance with the regulations on conduct of examinations.
“It is the intention of UNEB that all candidates be given equal opportunities to demonstrate their levels of ability without anyone having an unfair advantage over the others,” Odongo concluded.