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Bitamazire warns head teachers against exam malpractice

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th October 2010 03:00 AM

EDUCATION minister Namirembe Bitamazire has warned head teachers against cheating for their students in the coming national examinations.

EDUCATION minister Namirembe Bitamazire has warned head teachers against cheating for their students in the coming national examinations.

By Francis Kagolo

EDUCATION minister Namirembe Bitamazire has warned head teachers against cheating for their students in the coming national examinations.

“I don’t want to cancel students’ results, but I will allow The Uganda Certificate of Education (UNEB) to do so because many head teachers have failed to learn,” Bitamazire said.”

She was addressing a workshop of inspectors of schools at Sports View Hotel in Kireka in Kampala on Tuesday.

The meeting was organised by UNEB to sensitise the inspectors ahead of the examinations.

The O’level examinations begin on Monday next week and end on November 23.

The Primary Leaving Examinations will run from November 2 to November 3 followed by the A’level examinations to start on November 15 and end on December 3.

National exams have in the past been marred by malpractices. In 2008, A’level results of 73 candidates were cancelled.

Last year, 15 schools had their Senior Four examination results cancelled over cheating. A total of 1,240 candidates were affected as a result.

Bitamazire attributed the problem to laziness, saying many teachers fail to complete the curriculum and resort to cheating.

She asked the inspectors to take keen interest in the number of candidates who fail to turn up for exams even after registering.

Bitamazire explained that inspectors were crucial for the achievement of quality education in the country.

On hearing that some malpractices were instigated by politicians who want their children to pass highly, she warned that schools should avoid bowing to political pressure. However, the inspectors complained of little pay and lack of transport.

Bitamazire warns head teachers against exam malpractice

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