PICTORIAL: MPs tour UNEB printery, commend the examination body for automating services

Members of Parliament tour UNEB printery (PHOTO /Courtesy)

NTINDA — Members of the Parliament committe on Education and Sports have visited the UNEB printery and held a Committee session.

The Committe, chaired by John Twesigye, Buntaruguru County, was on a familiarization mission to understand the operations of the Board.

The MPs hailed UNEB for eliminating a number of manual processes and adopting more ICT based systems.

The MPs expressed concern that the funding for NAPE, which informs many policy decisions and interventions in the education sector was suspended.

UNEB Chairperson Prof Mary Okwakol and Executive Secretary Dan Odongo (PHOTO /Courtesy)

They pledged to advocate for reinstatement the research fund.

The UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo, gave a general overview of the operations of the Board from the time of registering candidates to the time of releasing the results.

Kalungu East MP Joseph Ssewungu (PHOTO /Courtesy)

UNEB Chairperson. Prof. Mary Okwakol, appealed to the Committee to support UNEB in having the budget cut reviewed, adding that if it is not reviewed, UNEB may not be in position to conduct the 2021 examinations.

Committee Members, some of whom are former scouts and examiners, pledged total support.

The management and staff of the Uganda National Examinations Board ( UNEB) have been hailed for their exemplary performance over the years which has led to competitive assessment & certfication, as well as global recognition.

During their site visit to the UNEB facilities in Kyambogo, members of the Parliamentary Committe on Education and Sports commended the Board for puting in place measures that have curbed examination malpractice.

They urged the Board to further tighten the lose nuts to completely eliminate the reported new forms of malpractice especially at the point of distribution from the storage stations to the sitting centers, external assistance, as well as transmission of examination questions.

Mr Odongo said he was hopeful that the deterrent measures in the UNEB Act 2021 will go a long way in fighting malpractice. Under the Act, the penalties and sanctions were increased to five years imprisonment or a fine not exceeding five million shillings, or both.


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