KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the 2020 examination timetables for Primary Leaving Examination (PLE); Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) candidate classes.
Addressing journalists at the media center, the UNEB Secretary General Dan Odongo says the exams will be standard in nature despite the closure of schools occasioned by the outbreak of covid19.
Odongo says they expect all schools to have used the study materials distributed during the lockdown period and the time candidates have been physically at school since October to have finished the syllabus.
Dan Odongo has also commended parliament for passing the UNEB Bill 2020.
The bill that was tabled before parliament last year seeks to have anyone caught cheating in national examinations jailed for 10 years or fined Shs40m or both.
According to the Bill, individuals who misappropriate candidates’ examination registration fees will also be subjected to the same punishment.
Odongo says once assented to by the President, the legislation will go a long way in ensuring integrity in national examination processes.
PLE briefing will be on March 26th and exams will run from March 30th-31st 2021, Examinations for UCE will run from March 1st –April 6th 2021 while briefing for UACE will be on April 9th and exams run from April 12th -3rd May 2021.
UNEB says 1,181,965 will sit national exams this year, with 748811 doing PLE, 333,775 doing UCE and 98379 sitting UACE exams.
51.1% of these are females.
Females dominate numbers at both PLE and UCE, but at UACE, 57,167 males will be doing exams compared to 41212 females UNEB “strongly” warned “all persons… contemplating any involvement in examination malpractice”, noting “that the Board will be very harsh on them this time round.”
“If Examinations are riddled by malpractice, the results therefrom cannot be a true reflection of the candidates’ grades and competencies,” Odongo said during the Friday media briefing.
This time the examinations process will be handled under the theme “Integrity and security in the management of Examinations; the health and safety of learners is a joint responsibility.”