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PLE exams: Schools photocopy papers, pupils cheat, give birth


Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) started Wednesday with at least 640,860 primary seven candidates at 12,391 centres across the country.

According to the timetable, candidates started with Mathematics and Social Studies and Religious Education on Wednesday, before sitting for Integrated Science and English today, Thursday.

The exams as Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) executive secretary, Dan Odongo, admitted kicked off with minor cases of examination malpractice, delays as well as limited supply of examination papers.

In Busia District, schools were forced to photocopy papers after they reportedly received less science examination papers.

The District Education Officer, Barnabas Muniala, told Daily Monitor the number of examination papers delivered to most schools was less than the number of primary seven candidates registered.

The same problem was recorded in parts of Kasese district.

In Mityana and Mubende districts, pupils were left stranded for hours as they waited for the papers in vain. They later began between 9.30am and 10.30am.

In Ngora district, a candidate gave birth at Ngora health centre hours towards the examination time.

According to Samuel Okiror, the schools inspector in the district, over 15 pupils were already pregnant while sitting for exams.


Odongo told media at UNEB offices in Ntinda that there were reports of examination malpractice in the districts of Wakiso and Luwero where scouts received question paper envelops that had been tampered with.

He cited Kitebi Primary School in Wakiso and St Augustine Primary School in Zirobwe Luweero District.

In Budaka District, police arrested two distributers after they allegedly rejected police envelopes and later reported accidents resulting in damaged question paper envelopes.

In Rakai and Kabarole districts, several centres were discovered having same supervisors for years.

Katungi Bishanga, the UNEB 2016 security coordinator, is also quoted saying there were attempts by several centres to engage in examination malpractice.

Bishanga also revealed that some candidates feigned sickness while others engaged in impersonation.

Last year, 620,825 pupils registered for PLE, compared to 605,971 in 2014 and 582,085 in 2013.

This year’s exams will involve 114 district monitors and 9,216 scouts as well as unspecified number of security personnel.


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