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Government bans external mocks for candidate classes

2020 UCE Results

Sources in the Ministry of Education say students should only be subjected to final examinations conducted by the Uganda National Examination Board.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Ministry of Education has announced it has banned external mocks and examinations organized for students in candidate classes in secondary and primary schools.

The ministry has also banned beginning of term and mid-term examinations and has instead asked schools to use this time to recover the time students lost during the two years of closure due to the covid19 pandemic.

Sources in the Ministry of Education say students should only be subjected to final examinations conducted by the Uganda National Examination Board.

Dr. Denis Muginba, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Education confirmed the development, saying schools should focus on spending more time teaching as opposed to just passing exams.

According to Martin Okiria, the national chairperson of secondary schools’ head teachers’ association, mocks are a benchmarking tool that helps a teacher to improve on their weak points based on the performance of their learners in these exams.

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Before closure of schools in 2020, a statement provided by Ndugwa Badru of WAKISSHA which is a joint body for schools in Wakiso providing joint mock examinations showed that the UCE Mock Examinations package cost 400,000 Shillings, UACE (Arts) and Sciences 300,000 Shillings.

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