A primary seven candidate of Bukari primary school in Bukibokolo sub-county in Bududa district in eastern Uganda collapsed and died during the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE).
Winnie Kakayi, 14, reportedly collapsed in the examination room and died instantly at around 10.30 am according to the school headteacher David Kitutu.
Kakayi who was reportedly undergoing medication, ignored her parents' pleas to stay at home and recover from malaria, saying she couldn't afford to wait for another year before she sits PLE.
Primary seven candidates started their final exams on Monday with the Mathematics and Social Studies exams.
LEAKED FAKE PAPERS
Meanwhile, the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) has disowned the purported 2019 PLE papers that circulated on social media over the weekend.
The fake Social Studies and Mathematics papers made rounds on social media on Sunday night. However, Uneb warned parents and teachers against being duped by unscrupulous people.
Our reporter accessed the fake papers and compared them with the papers done on Monday but none of the numbers were similar. Uneb executive secretary, Dan N. Odongo said those behind the fake papers risk arrest.
“This [Moday] morning, candidates started writing the authentic Mathematics paper, which is different from the one being circulated on social media. Both Uneb scouts and security agencies are keeping a close eye on the examination process to ensure there are no irregularities,” said Odongo.
A total of 695,793 registered for the PLE this year that are taking place in 13,475 examination centers countrywide. Many pupils are reported to have missed the examinations for various reasons while others managed to do examinations under special supervision by medics.
At Uganda Martyrs primary school, Rubaga, a P.7 candidate, Eton Namakanga collapsed midway through the examination and was still struggling to write her Mathematics paper by 1:00 pm. She was supported by medics who gave her first aid and was put on a drip. She is reported to have developed fever and diarrhea at the start of the papers.
Angel Nantongo, another candidate at St. Paul's Kyebando primary school failed to sit for the second paper. The school administration says she had been absent from school due to sickness for the last two weeks.
She was assisted by Uneb scouts and invigilators out of the examination room. In other parts of Kampala, pupils expressed mixed feelings about the examinations, with many saying they expect to excel while others say they couldn’t finish the first exams in time.