Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has confirmed to have registered 25 cases pertaining to examination malpractice, both at UCE and PLE Level.
Jennifer Kalule Musamba, the Principal Public Relations Officer at UNEB, highlighted that of the 25 cases, 10 are in respect to UCE whereas 15 are in respect to PLE.
She added that some of the suspects are out on police bond as investigations continue while others have appeared in court and the culprits remanded to prison.
“In the latter category, we have a director of Kisugu High School in Makindye, a one Kasolo Celestine, who was charged with unlawful confinement of candidates and disruption of an examination, under section 30 of the UNEB Act, 2021. He was remanded by the Magistrate’s Court in Makindye,” she added.
The same court according to Kalule also remanded a one Seguya Abdul Karim, who used to trend as ‘fresh Karim’. Karim created and operated various social media platforms where he posted fake and misleading information purported to be 2023 UCE.
While briefing journalists, Kalule further revealed that, “In Masaka, at Kyotera Police Station, there was a reported case of impersonation as well as aiding and abetting malpractice pertaining to PLE.”
She said the offence took place at Luti Primary school, in Kyotera, where it is alleged that five boys, namely Limisa Elvis, 17 years, Sekajugo Ivan, 15 years, Kakumba Rodgers, 17 years, Luyiga Peter, 13 YEARS, Lwasa Pius, 16 years, were found sitting a mathematics examination paper for another set of leaners.
“Those being impersonated included Mubanguzi William, Lwasa Pius, Mufumbi Alan, Kanaabi Henery and Kaketo Fadiga, respectively. On the 8th of November, the impersonators were found in possession of school identification cards which were not in their names, and neither did the photographs belong to them,”
According to Kalule three of the impersonators were primary six students, while one was from senior one in a neighbouring school and another from a vocational institute.
The impersonators were identified by a UNEB vigilant scout who notified police, who hence responded immediately and effected the arrest of the impersonators and the head teacher, who hired them, a one Mutesasira Atanasias. The six appeared in court and were remanded until November 24, 2023.
In another incident revealed by UNEB, was where Police at Kanyanya, Kawempe Division arrested 12 suspects for loss and misuse of examination papers, in respect of PLE.
“It is alleged that on November 7, 2023, the suspects tempered with a UNEB Security packaging containing science PLE examination papers. The papers had been delivered to one of the examination centres, about 30 minutes before the start of the examination on the morning of November 9th, 2023,”
The UNEB spokesperson said the suspects are said to have removed two science papers of PLE, photocopied them, and shared on different platforms.
She added that the police were alerted by a whistle blower, and appeared in good time, and arrested the culprits.
It was established that there was exchange of money between the Director/Head teacher of His Grace Primary School, Kanyanya and the scouts and Chief invigilator, who permitted the destruction of the security packaging.
UNEB said the 12 appeared before the magistrate’s court in Nabweru, and were remanded until November 24, 2023.
AS UACE exams go into the second week, UNEB has reminded UACE candidates that they are adults, and therefore can be tried in courts of law, hence those abetting malpractice, either by omission or commission will also be tried under section 36 of the UNEB ACT, 2021.