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Bundibugyo Head Teachers to Face Trial For Exam Malpractices

In September, Uganda National Examinations Board - UNEB cancelled the Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE results of 273 pupils from the district after being found guilty of examination malpractices.
John Byamukama says the department is determined to deter cases on malpractice

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Several headteachers in Bundibugyo District risk being jailed or dismissed for their involvement in examination malpractice last year.

In September, Uganda National Examinations Board - UNEB cancelled the Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE results of 273 pupils from the district after being found guilty of examination malpractices. 

The affected candidates are from Bundimbugha, Njuule, Mundimasoli, Njanja, Mutsahura and Bubandi primary schools. 

UNEB proved to the district authorities that most candidates had similar but wrong answers for most questions in almost all the subjects.

Anna Kemali, the Senior legal officer from UNEB said the examination body is proceeding to take the headteachers of the affected schools to courts of law to answer charges of aiding malpractice. 

She says that the suspects face up to 10 years in jail or a fine of not less than Shillings 10 million once convicted.

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Kemali says that they have also been informed of headteachers in the district who are overcharging registering fees over that prescribed by UNEB. She says the culprits will also face jail time. 

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Ramadhan Kagaruki, the Inspector of schools Bwamba, says that that acts of exam malpractice were a bad example set by teachers and headteachers. 

He says that as a way of fighting examination malpractice, teachers and headteachers who were involved in aiding malpractices should also face demotion or dismissal to send a warning to others. 

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Patrick Baluku, the headteacher of Semuliki High school Izahura notes that if the Inspector of Schools were effective in their work, there would not be cases of malpractices in the district. 

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Daphine Mirembe, a former teacher says that punishing teachers and headteachers alone is not enough. She says scouts and supervisors in the district must also be held accountable.

John Byabakama, the Bundibugyo District Education Officer, says that they will liaise with the examination board to ensure that those who aided malpractices are held accountable.

He however encourages parents to support the affected children to repeat the classes.

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