UNEB Clears Ntungamo District Withheld PLE Results

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According to the examinations body, examiners observed that the responses to most of the questions were conspicuously similar, indicating that the pupils could have received external assistance prior to the examinations.

The Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has eventually released examination results for 64 candidates from Ntungamo district, whose results had earlier been withheld. The results had been withheld pending investigations into alleged malpractice at the various examination centres.

The centres include Kiina Primary School in Bwongyera Sub County where results of 28 out of a candidate class of 43 pupils had been withheld and Nyarwanya Primary School in Rubaare Sub County where results of all the 36 candidates were withheld.

According to the examinations body, examiners observed that the responses to most of the questions were conspicuously similar, indicating that the pupils could have received external assistance prior to the examinations. The schools, however, rubbished the claims saying that it is possible for pupils who have been discussing together to come up with identical answers.

Ntungamo District Education Officer Fred Bahati says that the schools have now been cleared after a hearing by the Uganda National Examinations Board. The board cross-examined all the candidates, the school head teacher and invigilators before releasing the papers.

Bahati says that the withheld results had demoralized the pupils, parents and the district.
 
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Ntungamo District Vice Chairperson Sakiina Ampeire, who was part of the team that appeared before the Uganda National examinations board says that the affected pupils had on several occasions approached her office for help. She says that the release of the results means that the pupils can go ahead to join secondary schools.

UNEB withheld the results of over 3,500 candidates across the country from the 2018 Primary Leaving Examinations over alleged malpractices.

 

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