The Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) has withheld Primary Leaving Examination results for 2,220 candidates for alleged malpractices.
According to UNEB, some members of the examination’s body support staff at the district level that were supposed to assist in the delivery and transportation of the exams were involved in some cases of malpractice.
The largest numbers of withheld results are from Bundibugyo and Kasese districts.
The UNEB executive director, Dan Odongo also noted that several examination distributors in the districts of Nakasongola, and the greater Masaka areas who were entrusted with delivering the papers to different centres, opened the envelopes to access the examination papers.
“Security also arrested some distributors in the districts of Nakasongola , and the greater Masaka areas who were entrusted with delivering the examination papers to examination centres , but along the way ,cut the envelops with the view to access questions . These will be prosecuted in accordance with UNEB Act,” the statement from UNEB reads in part
Odongo says that many teachers were not convinced that their learners had learnt enough and could sit for the examinations.
The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni denounced acts of malpractice and asked the concerned officers to hold those involved accountable. She directed UNEB to shame and name all schools that were involved in examination malpractice.
Schools whose results have been withheld will be invited to appear before the examination security committee where both teachers and learners will be questioned. Those found guilty will be charged under the new UNEB act while all teachers involved will be dealt with according to the teachers’ code of conduct.
According to the new Uneb act 2021, anyone found guilty of having been involved in examination malpractice is liable to a paying 40 Million Shillings monetary fine or a 10-year prison sentence.
In 2019, UNEB held the results of 1,512 candidates while in 2018, the number stood at 3,346.