Uganda National Examination Board has this morning released 2017 Uganda Certificate of Education –UCE exams while citing malpractice. Results of 4,525 candidates have been withheld over suspected malpractices, pending investigations.
While releasing the results at the Office of the Prime Minister – OPM in Kampala, UNEB chairperson Prof Mary Okwakol indicated that the results were withheld due to malpractice.
Last year, at the time of release, some results of 2,060 candidates were withheld over suspected examination malpractice. This time however, the figures has doubled. UNEB has withheld results of 4,525 candidates from 112 schools, pending investigation over malpractices.
The number reflects a significant increase compared to the previous years, of 1,939 in 2014, 2060 in 2015 and 1,893 in 2016.
According to Prof Mary Okwakol, “A total of 81 are suspected to have been involved in examination malpractice. 49 have appeared in court and currently on court bail, 21 have jumped police bonds, and 11 are due to appear in court while their files are being reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecutions- DPP for sanctioning.”
Again, during the release of the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations – PLE, early this year, malpractice was cited as a major challenge facing the examinations body and 2,559 results were withheld over the same practice.
“Exam malpractice is a serious threat to our security and credibility as a country,” Hon Janet Museveni, the Education Minister said.
“I take serious note to condemn exams malpractice. It’s unfortunate that the people who are supposed to be against this vice, they are the ones helping the pupils,” she added