Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) is pleased to announce that preparations for the conduct of Uganda Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations are complete and the exercise is expected to commence as planned.
Briefing of candidates will be done tomorrow Friday 14th October, 2016 in all examination centres. The briefing will cover the rules and regulations for the conduct of UCE and the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, including candidates and field officers.
The Board would like to emphasize that all registered candidates are required to attend briefing. This is a compulsory session for all candidates and that is why it has been put on the timetable. Parents and guardians are advised to take interest in the briefing and may contact the school administration about their role in the examination process, especially advising candidates to desist from malpractice.
The UCE examinations shall be conducted from 17th to 27th November 2016 as per the timetables already issued.
The number of candidates expected to sit the examinations is given below as compared to last year.
UCE 2016 UCE 2015
Candidates Centres Candidates Centres
323,198 3,454 313,171 3,329
All candidates were registered through the e-registration process in line with our goal of putting ICT at the forefront of all our operations.
Radom numbers will continue to be issued to all centres to be used by candidates instead of the usual centre numbers. There will be a different random number for every session. The candidate number will not change.
To ensure smooth conduct and supervision of the examinations, UNEB:
(a) is working hand in hand with the Police, Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and other security organs to ensure security of the examinations.
(b) will deploy about …. scouts all over the country to monitor the conduct of the examinations. More scouts, some operating undercover or secretly, will be deployed depending on events on the ground and the reports we shall be getting from the field.
Teachers are reminded that teaching of candidates stops today, Thursday, and there should not be any further teaching after briefing of candidates. Teaching of candidates after briefing constitutes examination malpractice.
We appeal to those who will be involved in handling examinations from storage stations to the examination centres to desist from diverting from the official routes, tampering with question paper envelopes or opening them earlier than the official time. Security agencies have been alerted to monitor the movement of question paper envelopes up to the last point. Unauthorized persons are warned to keep away from the examination rooms and heads of centres are reminded to cordon off those areas.
All headteachers, heads of centres, parents and candidates are strongly warned against involving themselves in any acts of malpractice or irregularities in the examinations. Very firm action will be taken against any person who will not heed this warning.
Parents are particularly encouraged to watch the conduct of exams at their children’s centres and report any anomalies immediately to safeguard the future of the children. Parents are reminded that if results are withheld or cancelled due to malpractice, the pressure eventually shifts to bear on them. Therefore, in addition to being on the lookout for malpractice, parents should desist from engaging in activities that undermine the smooth conduct of exams such as bribing field officers or paying for fake question papers.
To the candidates, we advise you to be confident and not to panic. The questions are all set from the syllabus and if you have completed the syllabus there is no reason why you should not answer the questions satisfactorily. We wish you success.
We have taken all necessary steps to make sure that the examinations are conducted smoothly, except weather which we cannot control. However, we pray to God that the weather will not be too harsh to hamper the conduct of the examinations.
The public is encouraged to give information about any case of malpractice directly to the police and UNEB on the following line: 0414-289397, 0414-286636
Dan N. Odongo