The Uganda National Examination Board has said that the ‘massive’ leakage of the 2017 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations didn’t in any significant way affect the results that have been released today.
Speaking at the release of the senior four examinations results today in Kampala, Uneb executive director, Dan Odongo, said that although it is true there was a leak of exams, especially in the second week of the exams, examiners didn’t find anything during the marking process that was extraordinary.
Odongo said although the papers circulated widely on social media channels, they didn’t reach the candidates.
“There was nothing out of the ordinary in the performance that shows that the papers were leaked. What made this appear as though it was massive leakage was the method used to leak the papers…” Odongo said.
Mary Okwakol, the chairperson of Uneb, added that even when there was no significant effect, all those who were implicated in the malpractice were apprehended and some are already in court battling charges.
“All the information and persons involved were reported to police; that’s why there are so many people who were arrested,” Okwawol said. At least 81 persons, 78 of whom are teachers, were suspected to have been involved in examinations malpractices.
Of these 49 have appeared in court and are currently out on bail with their cases at various stages of hearing. According to the results, the overwhelming form of malpractice experienced was assistance given to candidates by third parties.
Other forms include collusion where students copy from one another and smuggling of unauthorized materials into the examination rooms. The majority of reported cases of malpractice are in science subjects with Biology being the most affected with 39.7% of the cases followed by Physics with 20.1% Chemistry 10.3% and Mathematics 6.7%.
Results of 4,525 candidates, representing 1.4% of the candidates who sat from 112 examination, centers have been withheld. In her speech, Okwakol condemned the habit of cheating in exams, saying this compromises Uganda’s education system.
“I appeal to leaders and the general public to support UNEB to combat examination malpractices and to be partners to ensure malpractice free examinations,” Okwakol said.
In her remarks read by the state minister for higher education, John Chrysostom Muyingo, the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, noted that it is inconceivable that professionals charged with overseeing exams act in a criminal manner.
“Malpractice is like a cancer if which not dealt with will destroy our education system. It’s my prayer that the courts will handle the cases before them and will hand out punishments according to the gravity of the matter,” Museveni noted.