UCE Results; UNEB witholds Results of 2,060 Candidates

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Impersonation, collusion, external assistance and smuggling of unauthorized materials into the examination rooms remain key challenges in eliminating examination malpractice in Uganda. The acts are usually supported by invigilators, subject teachers and school heads.

Results of 2,060 candidates for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) have been withheld by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) over suspected malpractice.

UNEB Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya says the results have been withheld from 86 examination centers. A total of 3,329 examination centers presented candidates to UNEB for the UCE examination.

Some of the schools whose results have been withheld include Mpoma Royal College, Kazo Hill College School Kawempe, Bulo Parents Secondary School, Royal College Makindye, Mandela College School Bweyogerere, St. Mugagga Secondary School Kiganga and St. Mary's College Buwenge among others.

The others are Bundinse Memorial Secondary School, Wakiso Muslim Secondary School, Kigogwa Mixed High School, Ave Maria Secondary School, Rock High School Tororo, St. Henry's Secondary School Misigi, and Community College Kalisizo.

They are accused of abetting impersonation, collusion, offering external assistance and smuggling of unauthorized materials into the examination rooms. Cases of examination malpractice noted by UNEB occurred inside the examination rooms due to acts of omissions or commission by invigilators, subject teachers and school heads.

Bukenya noted that in cases of impersonation that were discovered, the suspects were arrested and charged citing Boston High School in Entebbe where two suspects were convicted and sentenced to a fine of five hundred thousand Shillings or eight months imprisonment. There are other ongoing cases in Kasese and Kitgum. 

Bukenya says UNEB is undertaking thorough investigations and will accord all affected persons a fair hearing before a final decision is taken on their results.

He warned that the candidates who will be found culpable will have their entire results cancelled and criminal proceedings instituted against teachers and invigilators who will be found to have abetted the malpractice.

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UNEB Chairperson Rose Okwakol appealed to the education ministry to expedite amendments to the UNEB Act, 1983 in order to deal with examination malpractice.

List of Schools Where Results of Significant Numbers of Candidates Have Been Withheld 
1.       John Hill Secondary School----46 candidates
2.       St. Jude High, Karujumba----44 candidates
3.       Community College, Kalisizo----50 candidates 
4.       St. Konrad Integrated Vocational School----31 candidates
5.       Royal College, Makindye----20 candidates
6.       Bundise Memorial School----55 candidates
7.       Bukandula College, Gomba----107 candidates
8.       Booma International School----40 candidates
9.       Highland High School, Nabweru----21 candidates
10.   Bulo Parents Secondary School----79 candidates
11.   St. Henry's Secondary School, Misigi----40 candidates
12.   Khadija Girls Islamic Secondary School----26 candidates
13.   Kashenyi Vocational secondary School----66 candidates
14.   Mugiti High School, Budaka----22 candidates
15.   Bwikara Secondary School----93 candidates
16.   The Equatorial College Busolwe----30 candidates
17.   Lorretoh Secondary School Mukono----104 candidates
18.   Crane High School Kashenyi----136 candidates
19.   Kazo Hill College School, Kawempe----59 candidates
20.   River-side Comprehensive Secondary School, Manafwa----70 candidates
21.   Ambrozio Secondary School, Kyengeza----90 candidates
22.   Mpoma Royal College----41 candidates
23.   Rock High School, Tororo----24 candidates
24.   Ave Maria Secondary School----88 candidates
25.   Bundinse Memorial Secondary School----83 candidates
26.   Sarah Ntiiro High School, Mayuge----70 candidates
27.   Peace High School, Matugga----30 candidates
28.   Lake Albert SDS Secondary School----38 candidates
29.   St. John's Secondary School Nyabwina----46 candidates
30.   Bulunganya Secondary School----38 candidates
31.   Kibaale High School Busembatia----21 candidates
32.   Wakiso Muslim Secondary School----78 candidates
33.   Bugungu Secondary School----22 candidates
34.   Mugiti High School Budaka----49 candidates
35.   St. Mugagga Secondary School, Kiganga----46 candidates
36.   Mandela College School, Bweyogerere----20 candidates
37.   Muna Bulumba Secondary School----28 candidates
38.   Mivule Secondary School, Bukakata----44 candidates
39.   St. Kizito Vocational Secondary School, Katuti----26 candidates
40.   Kigoogwa Mixed High School----64 candidates
41.   St. Mary's College, Buwenge----34 candidates  


About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.