28 February 2013

Uganda: UNEC Disqualifies 900 Pupils

Photo: The Monitor
The national examination body has confirmed the cancellation of 2012 Primary Leaving Examination results for 965 candidates (file photo).

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) on Wednesdya confirmed the cancellation of last year's Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results for 965 candidates.

The 965 are part of the 1,603 candidates whose results had been withheld at the time of release.

A total of 540,000 candidates sat for the Primary Leaving Examinations last year.

Addressing journalists at the UNEB offices in Ntinda yesterday, UNEB executive secretary Matthew Bukenya said the 965 candidates, whose results have been cancelled, were involved in examination malpractices.

They allegedly hired people who are brighter than them to do for their examinations or had their teachers and friends cheat for them.

"Recently, a nine-year-old child was brought to the UNEB centres for an interview because she had done examinations in another candidate's name. She said the person hired her because she was in primary six and bright," Bukenya said

He said the results of 633 pupils that had been withheld had been released yesterday because UNEB carried out their investigations and found them innocent.

Five candidates still have their results withheld because investigations are still going on.

Bukenya said the candidates whose results were withheld should resit the Primary Leaving Examinations at the end of this year, but they have been encouraged not to change their names.

He urged the candidates not to allow to be assisted, while in an examination room because it is them who lose.

UNEB blacklists head teachers and invigilators

The blacklisted head teachers are from 35 schools, with six of them in Luweero district and four in Kyenjojo. UNEB found these schools guilty of cheating in last year's PLE.

The affected schools also had their UNEB centres cancelled in a move expected to deter examination malpractice. For instance, in Wakiso, UNEB suspended Norah Junior School's centre and blacklisted the teacher who supervised the examinations.

Bukenya said: "Blacklisting means those persons will not be allowed to participate in any UNEB activities such as scouting, supervising, invigilating and heading any school with a UNEB centre number."

Some invigilators were found guilty of taking chits into examination rooms for students to copy.

Bukenya said head teachers, who asked students to contribute money for bribing invigilators, would be handed over to the Police.

"Corruption begins like that. If we can have such Kazindas even in schools, where do you think this country is going?" he wondered.

UNEB has directed chief administrative officers (CAOs) of the districts where the affected schools are located to take further action against the blacklisted officials.

The CAOs are expected to set up teams to probe further each teacher or head teacher's case and punish them depending on the gravity of the crime.

Although CAOs have been given a chance to determine the punishment, there are head teachers and teachers who UNEB wants de-registered because of the overwhelming evidence.

However, there are other teachers facing mild cases like negligence of duty or incompetence.

Bukenya said the Police would arrest the blacklisted teachers and head teachers and cancel their academic documents if CAOs do not act by April 15.

While releasing last year's A'level examination results on Monday, the education ministers announced tough action against teachers and UNEB invigilators who cheat for their candidates.

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