Primary Seven Candidates for the academic year 2020 kick off the writing of their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) today beginning with Mathematics and Social Studies, amidst heavy rains across the country.
The candidates were first briefed by the Uganda National Examinations Board on Friday last week ahead of the two-day examinations period.
Dan Odongo, the executive secretary UNEB, said that the field conduct of the examination will be handled by 138 district Monitors, 10,911 Scouts, 9,862 Supervisors and 30,027 Invigilators.
“An unspecified number of security officers are being deployed across the country and will carry out both overt and covert operations to ensure the security of the examination, the field officers and the candidates,”he stated.
He said that a total of 749,811 candidates are expected to sit for this year’s PLE from 14,300 examination Centres
This is an increase of 54,007 (7.8 %) from 2019.
Odongo said scouts and invigilators are expected to be vigilant and look out for the sensitive needs of the Special Needs Education (SNE) candidates and support them appropriately.
He said the heads of centres must ensure that the health and safety SOPs, as provided by the Ministry of Health, are fully observed.
Odongo strongly warned all persons contemplating involvement in any form of examination malpractice that they will be dealt with harshly.
“UNEB is working with the relevant security agencies to closely monitor their actions and the public is cautioned against dealing with such masqueraders,”he noted.