The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams start today, amidst tighter controls against malpractices by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).
A total of 111,581 candidates from 1,485 centres countrywide are expected to sit for the exams, indicating an increase by 7,821 students. Last year, a total of 103,760 candidates sat for the exams at 1,334 centres.
Business, technical and vocational education training (BITVET) exams will also start today, running up to November 16. A total of 13,919 are sitting for this year's BITVET exams, compared to last year's 22,037.
Addressing journalists at UNEB head offices in Kampala on Saturday, the executive secretary, Mathew Bukenya, said away from the norm, each examination centre would be allocated a random number to conceal its identity from examiners.
He said the move was intended to ensure transparency in the marking and eliminate bias from examiners who may favour particular institutions.
"Each centre number will have a different random number after every session. We are piloting this move to make sure that examiners are not biased when assessing the candidates. This will ensure that students get what they deserve," Bukenya explained.
However, the candidates will still be identified by their index numbers.
Bukenya said UNEB has deployed 500 scouts countrywide to monitor the conduct of the exams to prevent cheating. He warned schools against conducting lessons after the start of the exams.
He urged the public to report exam malpractices to the Police and UNEB on 0414286637 or 0772429566.