Four babies were delivered by candidates sitting for their Primary Leaving Examinations according to the Uganda National Examinations Board.
According to the examinations board, the babies were delivered from different parts of the country, namely Rubaga, Mpigi, Serere and Tororo.
Jennifer Kalule Musamba, the public relations officer of UNEB says the babies were delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday.
She says the mothers and babies were admitted to hospital.
“During this season, four babies were delivered. Some of the mothers had to rush out of examination rooms to and deliver but we allowed them to continue with the examinations after,” Kalule said.
According to Kalule, the mothers were taken to hospital in the company of examination invigilators.
Ten breastfeeding mothers also sat for the two examinations. The lactating mothers were given an additional 45 minutes. This is the first time that the examination body has come out to offer such assistance to expecting or lactating mothers.
However, the board says this might not be the case next year.
Kalule says these provisions will only apply this year across all education levels. This year, the provision was put in place after several cases of pregnancies were reported during the national Covid-19 lockdown.
According to the education ministry, as many as 200 finalists are believed to have conceived during the six-month-long lockdown as government sought to forestall the spread of Covid-19.
A total of 749,811 candidates are expected to sit for the primary leaving examinations this year from 14,300 centers. According to a statement released by UNEB, no cases of candidates missing exams due to registration irregularities were recorded.
” Unlike in the previous years, the board has not received any cases of candidates failing to write examinations due to teachers failing to remit registration fees,” Kalule said.
Despite the downpour that affected the timely delivery of exams on Tuesday, the UNEB spokesperson says that the entire examination cycle was smooth with only a few cases of malpractice reported.
“There have been no major cases of examination malpractice, except for a few people who attempted to interfere with the security of the examinations. These were found in the areas of Nakasongola, Luwero, Mukono, and Kampala. They were promptly arrested and investigations continue. If convicted, they will under the new act, be liable to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both,” she said.
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