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PLE: Janet promises new law to fight exam malpractice

Uneb chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol (L), Education minister Janet Museveni and Uneb executive secretary Daniel Odongo at the release of 2017 PLE results today

Education and Sports minister Janet Museveni has promised to introduce a bill in parliament that will lay down severe punishments for schools and teachers found guilty of examination malpractice.

Speaking at the release of the 2017 Primary Leaving Examination results this afternoon, Ms Museveni said it is disheartening for teachers who should be the vanguard of moral righteousness to be the very people perpetuating the vice of cheating in exams.  

“I condemn examination malpractices…the fact that nearly all perpetrators are classroom teachers threaten the very core of our moral fabric and the work we are trying to do here,” Ms Museveni said.

Her speech was prompted by the Uneb chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol, who revealed that amidst their sustained effort to stamp out the vice, examiners have continued to unearth cases where pupils were assisted to answer questions.

“Examination malpractice continues to pose a threat to the sanctity of our education system and will now need to be viewed as a national security threat. The easiest way to destroy a country is to compromise its education system through among others cheating in national examinations,” Okwakol said.

She added that the curbing the vice can no longer be seen as a Uneb affair, but must be a concern of all leaders, security agencies and citizens. Ms Museveni agreed with Okwakol, promising stringent measures at all levels.   

“When Uneb has conducted full investigations, district chief accounting officers must also take firm action on the culpable teachers,” Ms Museveni said.

Uneb is withholding results of 2,559 of last year’s candidates pending completion of investigations. According to the results that were released this afternoon, for the third year running, there were more girls than boys sitting for PLE. However, like in the previous two years, boys performed better than girls.  

Ms Museveni applauded parents for educating girls despite impediments that naturally stop them from staying in schools for longer hours like boys.

“It is undisputed fact that educating the girls lays an even firmer foundation of our nation. We need to continue this struggle that along with the improvement of numbers goes with improvement in performance,” Ms Museveni said.

The results also indicate that performance has improved and more candidates will be able to join post primary institutions.

“The examiners have reported that candidates are writing better and appear to express themselves more,” Okwakol said

Some 646,190 candidates from 12,751 centres sat for PLE last year with 571, 252 (90.9 per cent) passing in grade one to four.  Social studies and science were the best done two subjects while English registered the worst performance.

Senior one selections are scheduled for January 24-25 at the Lugogo-based Uganda Manufacturers Association multipurpose hall.

bakerbatte@observer.ug

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+4 #1 Phalanch 2018-01-12 19:48
Uganda is through with all you creatures and anything that u represent , to hell with promises ...
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+2 #2 nkuutu kibedi 2018-01-12 19:56
Much as I condemn the practice of cheating examinations, the good Minister should remember that every vice is merely an effect of something.

What do you expect from teachers who don´t have houses; health benefits; food; transport; materials; and most importantly are not being PAID, to do???

Janet: look at the CAUSES of this vice before you start thinking that you can defeat it by treating the effects. Have heard of teachers in more affluent, private, schools cheating?

Dear Mrs President: treat the cancer that is eating up our education ministry. You know for sure what the problem is but you seem not to have the guts to do anything about it!

Meanwhile, congrats to all those students who have made it, and to those who haven´t, I just have one thing to say: Try again, you will make it next time.
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2018-01-13 18:51
Before she fights Schools exams malpractices, Jenny must first fight the dishonesty in her household.
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+1 #4 rubangakene 2018-01-13 22:33
Charity begins at home! These people learn by examples; the people at the top steal huge sums of money and the small people emulate them by cheating on exams and other vices of corruption that is 'rotting' this country too the bare bones.

MY ADVICE IS, PUT THE TOP HOUSE IN ORDER AND WE WILL FOLLOW SUIT.

I remember in the sixties/seventies we had a very strong Education Inspectorate Department under the charismatic and effective leadership of Mr. Mugoya. They should appoint such a person to sort things out!
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