The Chairperson Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Mary Okwakol has refuted media reports that 2019 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) papers leaked.
She made the remarks at the release of last year’s PLE results at Kampala Parents school on Friday.
According to Okwakol, some learners were instead fed on fake examination papers which circulated on social media.
“I wish to use this opportunity to correct the false impression created by the headline carried in one of the daily papers on Wednesday 15th this month that “Leaked Papers fail PLE Pupils”. No papers leaked,” Okwakor said.
“The correct position is that papers which were circulated were fake and misled the teachers and candidates. I appeal to the media to always report correctly as false reporting not only hurts institutions but confused the public as well,” she said.
She says last year, UNEB ensured that examinations were secure during transportation from UNEB stores to the storage facilities in the districts and also from storage facilities to individual sitting centres. This did prevented any leakage.
“I am happy to report that we registered no case of tampering with the examination at storage stations. The biggest problem still lies with teachers who assist candidates within the examination rooms,” said Okwakol.
She cited one of the examination centre in Mpigi District where a scout reported back with Shs 500,000 which had been given to her as a bribe for her to allow the teachers of the school to write answers.
Meanwhile, the UNEB Chairperson says the results indicate that the performance of learners improved and more candidates will be joining post-primary institutions.
“The examiners reported that literacy has generally improved. We however we still continue to see those who cannot score a single mark, their numbers have greatly reduced,” she said.
A total of 695,804 candidates from 13,475 centres registered for last year’s PLE. Of these 473,893 (68.2%) were Universal Primary Education (UPE) beneficiaries and 221,912 (31.8%) were Non-UPE.