UNEB disowns fake social media PLE exams

Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has disowned the purported 2019 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) examination papers that circulated on social media over the weekend.

The fake Social Studies and Mathematics papers made rounds on social media on Sunday night.

However, UNEB warned parents and teachers against being duped by unscrupulous people.

Our reporter accessed the fake papers and compared them with the papers done on Monday but none of the numbers were similar.

The UNEB Executive Secretary, Dan N. Odong said those behind the fake papers risk arrest.

“This morning, candidates started writing the authentic Mathematics paper, which is different from the one being circulated on social media. Both UNEB scouts and security agencies are keeping a close eye on the examination process to ensure there are no irregularities,” said Odongo.

A total of 695,793 registered for the PLE this year that are taking place in 13,475 examination centers countrywide.

Many pupils are reported to have missed the examinations while others managed to do examinations under special supervision by medics.

At Uganda Martyrs Primary School -Rubaga, a P.7 candidate, Eton Namakanga collapsed midway the paper and was struggling to write her Mathematics paper by 1:00pm.

She was supported by medics who gave her first aid and put on drip. She is reported to have developed fever and diarrhea at the start of the papers.

Angel Nantongo, another candidate at St. Paul’s Kyebando Primary School failed to sit for the second paper.

The school administration says she had been absent from school due to sickness for the last two weeks.

She was assisted by UNEB Scouts and Invigilators out of the examination room.

In Amuru district, the exams kicked off late in three primary schools due late arrival of examination papers because of impassable roads caused by torrential rains.

The affected schools include Okidi Primary School in Okidi Parish in Atiak Sub County, Layima Primary School in Amuru Su-County and Opiji Primary school in Lamogi Sub-County.

Simon Apire Ogal, the Okidi Parish Councilor, said several spots stretching over 10km from Atiak Kal through Mori stream, Ajai, Karutu and Pupwonya to Okidi Primary School are impassable.

Christopher Ocan, the Amuru District Inspector of Schools, said, two vehicles dispatched to deliver the exams in Layima and Opiji Primary Schools were blocked by a truck that got stuck on the road between Lamogi and Guruguru sub-counties, delaying the exams for two hours.

He also disclosed that two invigilators didn’t show up at Giragira Primary School and Elegu Primary School and were replaced.

According to Ocan, the district deployed 129 invigilators and 38 supervisors to oversee the examinations in 38 UNEB sitting centers.

Up to 3,216 pupils this year are sitting for the exams across the district compared to 3,018 candidates in 2018.

In Omoro district, exams belonging to Azamil Primary School in Bobi Sub-County, Toci County and Lukoto Primary School in Binya Parish in Odek Sub-County in Omoro County were found mixed during delivery.

Gasper Mwaka, the Omoro District Inspector of Schools said, the anomaly delayed the commencement of the exams as it involved re-arranging transport and police escort to move the substituted papers to the respective schools that are over 60km apart.

Omoro registered 2,829 candidates for this year’s PLE compared to less than 2,993 last year. Mwaka disclosed that 113 invigilators and 43 supervisors have been tasked to oversee the exams.