UPC Urges UNEB to Use Aircraft and Speed Boats for Exams in Remote Areas

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | The Uganda People’s Conference (UPC) opposition party has advised the National Examination Board (UNEB) to proactively plan for students in hard-to-reach areas to prevent exam disruptions.

UNEB recently released the timetable for the 2023 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) final exams, with a total of 1,224,371 registered candidates across all three levels. The exams are set to commence on October 13th with the UCE briefing.

During a press briefing at the party’s headquarters in Kampala, Sharon Arach, the UPC Spokesperson, emphasized that UNEB has a responsibility to ensure that students in remote areas like Bududa and the Islands are well-prepared to avoid situations where students miss their final exams due to poor roads or transportation issues.

Arach further stressed the importance of having contingency plans in place, such as emergency aircraft in areas like Bududa to address potential issues caused by adverse weather conditions, as well as the availability of speed boats in island areas to ensure that students can complete their exams on time.

Additionally, Arach cautioned headteachers against preventing candidates from sitting their exams due to outstanding school fees, emphasizing the need for mechanisms to allow students to settle their balances after completing their exams.

Notably, on November 21st, 2022, three out of the 10 senior six candidates at Bukalasi Secondary School in Bududa district allegedly failed to attend their Economics paper on the first day of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Examinations (UACE).

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