The Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (Ubteb) is today set to conduct its 12th May/June exam series for 15,651 candidates at 140 centres across the country.
The first phase of the exams will start today and conclude on May 26 while phase two exams will commence on June 2 up to June 16. Speaking at Ubteb offices in Ntinda last week, Dr Wilfred Nahamya, the acting Ubteb executive secretary, said the board has registered an increase in the number of candidates from 14,664 in 2016 to 15,651, representing a 6.3 per cent increase.
“The board is proud to register continuous improvement in the number of candidates in each examination series,” Dr Nahamya said. “This is in line with the Skilling Uganda objective number three, on the need to increase equitable access to skills development through increased access to formal training.”
Out of the 15,651 candidates, some 8,807 candidates will sit for business diploma and certificate programmes while 5,297 candidates will sit for technical national diploma and higher diploma programmes.
Some 1,547 candidates will sit exams for specialized academic programmes including Fisheries, Meteorology, Agriculture, Wildlife and Lands and Survey.
The examinations will have both theory and practical papers as the board conducts competence-based examinations as required by the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.
Nahamya said the mode of assessment ensures that Ubteb candidates graduate with the requisite hands-on skills needed in the labour market.
Meanwhile, Paul Kyalimpa, the head of quality assurance and policy research at Ubteb, said at least 12 institutions were cleared as examination centres out of 20 that were inspected in March this year.
He said five institutions that had inadequate training and exam space, mini studios, computer laboratories, practical workshops and demonstration gardens, among others, were not issued with examination centre numbers.
Nahamya urged candidates to desist from any form of malpractice. During the release of the 2016 May/June examination results last year, the board’s security committee cancelled results for 38 candidates for involvement in examination malpractice.
According to Narasi Kambaho, the Ubteb spokesman, no student appeals have since been received by the board after the cancellation of results.
The board is also waiting for a response from the education service commission on the fate of two exam supervisors involved in assisting some candidates.
“The board suspended and blacklisted them from participating in all Ubteb activities and their names were submitted to all the relevant authorities,” Kambaho said.
This year’s exams will involve 400 examination managers and supervisors who are charged with ensuring supervision, monitoring and security of exams at the different centers throughout the country.