Security agencies across Uganda have taken a resolute stance against exam malpractice during the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations. Several arrests have been made, underscoring the commitment to maintaining the integrity of the education system.
Ms. Jennifer Kalule, the UNEB spokesperson, confirmed these arrests, which include a chief invigilator and three head teachers. These individuals are accused of compromising the examination process, undermining the trust placed in them by students, parents, and society as a whole.
In Kalagi, the head teacher of Paul Mukasa Secondary School was apprehended for allegedly electronically sharing UNEB examination material. The information he shared is suspected to have included an examination paper, and he is further accused of extorting money from students. Such actions erode the foundation of fair examination processes.
Mitooma witnessed the arrest of a Swahili teacher from Kanyabwanga Secondary School, who purportedly shared information about a UNEB Biology practical paper. This undermines the sanctity of education and tarnishes the reputation of educators who should be role models for their students.
In Kwania District, a headteacher from Inomo Secondary School was taken into custody for tampering with examination material. The material in question was the envelope containing mathematics Paper 1 examination papers. This act disrupts the standardized and secure distribution of examination materials, thereby compromising the fairness of the tests.
A chief invigilator at African Parl Secondary School in Kampala was also arrested on suspicion of providing external assistance to students during the Chemistry exam. Such actions threaten the validity of the exams and the credibility of the education system.
The arrests are a reminder that the Ugandan education system is committed to maintaining its integrity. Those entrusted with the responsibility of upholding this integrity must be held accountable for their actions. The UNEB and security agencies are sending a clear message: cheating and exam malpractice have no place in Uganda’s educational landscape.
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