130 Prisoners Sitting for UCE Examinations

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Baine says that majority of the candidates are on trial for defilement, murder and robbery while two are death row convicts.

UP to 130 prisoners are sitting for this year's national examinations that commenced on Monday October 17, prison authorities have said.

Frank Baine, the spokesperson of the Uganda Prisons Service says 47 of these are being examined from Luzira Maximum Security Prison examination center while 83 are sitting from schools in Gulu, Moroto and Mbarara districts. Five of the candidates are females.

Baine says that majority of the candidates are on trial for defilement, murder and robbery while two are death row convicts. He adds that the inmates are given ample time for revision in order to ensure concentration and good learning environment before they sit for examinations.

Luzira Upper Prison Inmates' Secondary School is the only recognized national examinations center within a prison confines. However, prison authorities and schools that host examination centers make arrangements for inmates to be examined.

The arrangement has been sanctioned by the Uganda National Examinations Board, according to the body's spokesperson Hamis Kaheru.

In 2015, the Luzira examination center had 38 registered candidates of whom four obtained grades in division one, nine obtained division two, 12 passed in division three while the others division four. The then best candidate scored 20 aggregates from nine subjects.

More than 320,000 registered Senior Four (S.4) candidates are currently sitting the ongoing UCE examinations at 3,454 centres across the country.

Today they are sitting for Biology, Electrical practice and Electricity and electronics


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Dominic Ochola
Dominic Ochola has been a journalist since 2009. Worked for King 90.2 FM in 2007 as a Reporter the later joined Radio Rupiny 95.7 FM as a Presenter and Traffic Controller. Under Vision Group, he was redeployed to Lira in 2012 as Sub Editor for Rupiny Newspaper until 2014.

He also had one year spell as Reporter at the Irene Gleeson Foundation, a faith based Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm in 2015 before joining Uganda Radio Network (URN) 2016 as Special Projects Correspondent covering Education.

In 2018, he was redeployed by URN as Bureau Chief Acholi East and later transferred to West Acholi as Bureau Chief based in Gulu effective 1st June 2019 covering Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro Districts. For Ochola, URN is a modern day newsroom that inspires engaging citizen-driven journalism.