James Bariyo and Fred Kiva
Over 32,000 candidates were registered to sit for this year’s Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations which will start on Monday 16th October this year.
The Executive Secretary of Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Daniel Nokrach Odongo says that the gender parity at UCE has been achieved at 49% of the candidates registered this year.
Mr. Nokrach said this on Thursday while addressing the media in Kampala as students were being prepared for their final examinations on Monday.
Nokrach said 151,000 candidates are from Universal Secondary Education (USE) and 17,400 are from private schools, 160,000 registered female candidates account for nearly half of the candidates sitting O’level exams. This year’s exams, 69,000 female candidates are under USE program and 91,000 females in private schools.
The UNEB Executive Secretary vowed to punish anyone found engaging in acts of malpractice and warned conmen normally fond of selling students fake examination papers.
“I want to caution schools, candidates and parents against falling to conmen whether to be found not doing the real orders it is supposed to do as it is supposed to be, we shall deal with him accordingly,” said Odongo.
On Friday afternoon will be briefing of Examination Officials and the candidates.
At the time of filing this story, several examination scouts were thronging the UNEB Offices in Ntinda, ahead of their briefing meeting.
Meanwhile, security is tight as police thoroughly checks and scrutinizes whoever enters and exits the offices. The candidates will start with Physics Practical and IPS Still/Nature on Monday October 16.
The ‘O’ Level Exams will conclude on November 20 with Technical, Mechanical, Building and Electrical papers.