The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) is set to administer a special paper for 23 primary seven candidates who missed the final mathematics exam in Kakumiro district.
The 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) were conducted between 7th and 9th November in 14,153 centers across the country.
However, 23 candidates of St. Christine Primary School in Kakumiro missed writing their mathematics examination paper over failure to arrive at the examination centre on time.
It was noted that the school director Pascal Asiimwe delayed to transport candidates to Mpasana Model examination centre arriving one hour after the start of the mathematics paper thus failing candidates to sit for the paper.
After missing exams, the matter was reported to relevant authorities and it was noted that director Asiimwe had switched off his phones and took off.
Dan Odongo the Executive Director UNEB in a statement released on Thursday says following a consultative meeting between the Board and the Ministry of Education and Sports chaired by the Minister, Janet K. Museveni, it was agreed that another mathematics paper be administered to the affected candidates.
The statement reads, “Reference is made to an incident that occurred when twenty three (23) PLE candidates of St. Christine Primary School in Kakumiro missed writing their mathematics examination paper.”
“Accordingly, a consultative meeting was held between UNEB and the Ministry of Education and Sports, chaired by the Minister, Mama Janet K. Museveni. It was agreed that considering the exceptional circumstances under which the vulnerable candidates missed their examination, after fulfilling all the requirements, the Board administers another mathematics paper to the affected candidates,” it adds
UNEB asked the District Inspector of Schools, Kakumiro to report to UNEB for details on the arrangements for the administration of an alternative mathematics paper.
The Board however emphasizes that this is a one-off undertaking which shall not be treated as a precedent.