13 December 2012

Uganda: UNEB Cracks Down Hard On Exam Cheats

A Uneb crackdown on examination malpractice has began to claim some important scalps in the education sector, with three people being successfully prosecuted.

Uneb spokesman Hamis Kaheru said this week that Ann Akello, a student of Bukedea SS, was convicted of impersonation in Bukedea, after she turned up, on October 12, 2012, to write the Geography Paper II instead of Sarah Adeke, the rightful senior four candidate. Akello pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment or a Shs 1m fine. She paid the fine after a few days in prison.

Two teachers were also tried, in Jinja, for swapping invigilation roles during O-level exams. Rachael Namugaya picked an appointment letter from Dan Ngobi, who had been properly appointed to work as an invigilator at Jinja SS. They were convicted and sentenced to six months imprisonment or a fine of Shs 200,000 each. They paid the fine.

This is the first time in more than 10 years that Uneb is causing the prosecution of anyone accused of examination malpractice. More than 15 other people are facing prosecution or are under investigation over related offences. They include Suzana Nayukunda, who allegedly forged an identity card for Jinja Parents College and sat English papers on behalf of Judith Kyomuhendo, the rightful candidate.

Uneb is also investigating reports that a Biology seminar was held in Bubulo Girls SS in Manafwa district on October 14, 2012, facilitated by someone from Kampala. The seminar attracted students from neighbouring schools. A week later, the specimens discussed in the seminar were reportedly similar to what appeared in the practical examination on October 22, 2012.

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