A total of 695,793 candidates who registered for this year’s Primary Leaving Examinations are sitting their first paper this morning.
At least 133 district monitors and over 10,000 scouts have been deployed by the Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB on top of the unspecified number of security personnel from different security agencies.
According to Dan Odongo the UNEB Executive Secretary, a number of districts have relocated candidates from schools in flood affected sub-counties to other areas. The affected districts include; Bulambuli, Amuria, Katakwi, Bundibugyo, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Bududa, Otuke, Kasese, Butaleja and Bukedea.
This morning, candidates are sitting the Mathematics paper and will later in the afternoon write Social Studies and Religious Education paper.
Last week, UNEB announced a new coding system for identifying candidates’ school where names of schools and the district on the examination paper have been replaced by random numbers and codes, respectively.
Mr. Odongo, while announcing the new development said the actual random numbers for the school will be used along with the candidate’s personal number. These numbers will be different for each of the four subjects and will be given to candidates at the start of each paper.
The initiative according to the Executive Secretary, is intended to strengthen the credibility of the national examinations. With random numbers, UNEB examiners will not be able to tell the names of schools they will be marking.
He warned teachers and candidates of the fake circulating papers that are allegedly being sold by unscrupulous people alleging that they are the real papers UNEB has set. He revealed that there are several suspects arrested in the districts of Mubenda, Kampala and Mbarara.