The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the timetables for the 2019 primary and secondary school final exams.
The exams will start next month (October) and end early December.
Registration of candidates is complete, UNEB executive secretary Dan Nkorach Odong told reporters on Thursday at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.
“Final information such as names of candidates, their index numbers and subjects for which they have registered has been sent to examination centres countrywide for final confirmation and verification by the candidates,” he added.
Registration for this year’s exams is higher than last year’s, Odong revealed.
A total of 695,468 candidates have been registered to sit the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE). The majority of this lot are UPE-funded: 475,852.
For O’level, 337,380 have been registered while those registered for the A’level exams are 104,467. The USE-funded candidates registered for the Senior Four final exams are 144,131.
Odongo underlined that schools or examination centres “must allow the candidates to confirm the accuracy of their registration details”.
Adding: “We have also made it possible for any interested person to check the registration status of the candidate. There are basically three methods of doing it:
1. Go to the examination centre and ask to inspect the register of the candidates
2. Use the SMS system typing the full index number and sending to 6600.
3. Use the online system. Here is the LINK.
UNEB’s director of ICT Dr. Peter Wakabi-Waiswa demonstrated using his phone how to access the records of a candidate using the online system.
This year’s exams will be conducted under the theme Integrity and security in the management of examinations is my responsibility.
Meanwhile, for examination centres that have not paid full examination fees or for a student that has not registered, the registration status will reflect not registered.
State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Nansubuga Seninde offered assurances that the education hierarchy is ready to conduct the exams.
“We would like to assure the nation that we are fully prepared and committed to conduct valid, reliable, equitable and quality assessment of learners’ achievements in a professional and innovative manner as stipulated within the regulations and policies of UNEB,” she said.
She also diminished claims of exam leakages, saying the “untrue stories” are based on “speculations and imagination of people who have very little knowledge on UNEB processes”.