The Kasese Acting District Education Officer has cautioned Secondary School Head teachers and Invigilators against the practice of involving themselves to cases related to malpractice during the ongoing UNEB exams.
The Uganda Certificate of Education exams started today with Geography Paper I in the morning and Geography Paper II in the afternoon.
According to the official records from UNEB, a total of 364,470 candidates registered to sit for the U.C.E exams this year, indicating an increase of 4.3% compared to the 349,445 candidates that sat last year.
The above number of candidates is writing their exams from 3,863 centres countrywide compared to 3,703 examination centres in 2022.
In Kasese district, more than 10,000 candidates are writing their exams according to Mr. Ernest Bwambale Thabugha, the acting District Education Officer.
Thabugha says the exams started today morning successfully but with a warning to the Head teachers and teachers against engaging themselves in any form of malpractice since they have been having enough time to prepare the candidates to answer the questions on their own.
The District Education Boss also encourages the Head teachers and teachers to give a conducive environment to the candidates so that they answer the questions without being interrupted.
Rev. Alice Nabirye, the South Rwenzori Diocesan Education Coordinator for Education Uganda implored the Head teachers to allow the girls that might have been impregnated in the course of the year to sit for their final exams.
Some of the Head teachers including Mr. Jockus Masereka of St. Paul’s Vocational Secondary School and Mr. Bernard Kalibobo of Bright Academy Secondary School told our reporter that none of their registered candidates missed the exams.
The Kasese Deputy RDC in-charge of Bukonzo County, Lt. Maate Magwara reported that the security situation in the district was normal and calm to enable the candidates sit for their exams.
He, however, explained that following the ADF threats in his area of command, they have tightened security and deployed police around schools that have big numbers of candidates.