210 Fail Prison Entry Exams

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Frank Katungye, the Eastern Region Prisons Commander, says 420 applicants qualified to sit for the oral examinations today. He said in total 630 applicants were subjected to the written exams including those who arrived late from distant districts like Kween and Bukwo

Uganda Prisons Services has dropped 210 applicants from the ongoing recruitment exercise in Eastern Region for failing the oral and written exams.

 
Juliet Nantale, an Assistant Commissioner of Prisons who led the recruitment drive at Mbale Secondary School grounds in Mbale town, says the applicants failed to beat the pass mark. The applicants were expected to score above 14 and 40 marks for the oral and written exams respectively.
 
 
The applicants were first subjected to the physical fitness, which they passed before they subjected the oral and written exams conducted at Mbale Secondary school main hall. The applicants were drawn from Mbale, Sironko, Manafwa, Bududa, Tororo, Busia, Kapchorwa, Kween, Bukwo, Pallisa, Budaka, Butaleja and Kibuku districts.
 

Frank Katungye, the Eastern Region Prisons Commander, says 420 applicants qualified to sit for the oral examinations today. He said in total 630 applicants were subjected to the written exams including those who arrived late from distant districts like Kween and Bukwo
 
 
Joel Okiria, a resident of Pallisa district is one of those who failed the written examinations. "This is my third attempt to do interviews to join Uganda Prisons service. In 2015 i passed examinations in all the stages but unfortunately when the names of successful recruits were sent back from Kampala mine was missing on the list," he said.
 
 
Esther Nabukwasi, a resident of Butaleja believes she did her best but the script wasn't marked well. Nabukwasi has promised to apply again when another recruitment exercise is announced, saying she has ambitions of becoming a prison warder.


Julius Chelimo, a resident of Kapchorwa complained of losing a lot of money on transport to get to the recruitment venue. According to Chelimo, his parents sold a goat to raise his transport but regretted not making it.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.