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Delays in Kampala Schools as PLE Start

At Kisuule Nursery & Primary School, Bukoto, papers were received at exactly 8:10 a.m. by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) scouts and supervisors in the absence of invigilators. There were still no invigilators at the school after 9 a.m., sending the administrators into a panic.
A pupil at KCCA Primary School in Kamwokya sitting his PLE 2019

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Delays in the delivery of examination papers and the absence of invigilators have dominated the start of Primary Leaving Examinations in a number of schools across Kampala. 

At some schools, the examination papers were delivered long after the anticipated starting time. 

At Kisuule Nursery & Primary School, Bukoto, papers were received at exactly 8:10 a.m. by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) scouts and supervisors in the absence of invigilators.  There were still no invigilators at the school after 9 a.m sending the administrators into a panic. 

Sanyu Namuddu, the School headteacher explains that they started after 9: 30 a.m after placing several phone calls to the relevant authorities to highlight the anomaly.  

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At KCCA Primary School Kamwokya, exams began 15 minutes to 10:00 a.m. The area supervisors blamed the late start on delays in supply of examinations materials.  At this school, a total of 161 out of 162 registered children sat for the first examination this morning. 

Jane Kansiime, the School Headteacher told URN that one pupil did not have accommodation in Kampala and decided to go back to Kabarole district. Two of the pupils registered at the centre as special needs candidates have been isolated with one being assisted by a UNEB official to sit her exam, while one was found on a drip, having been brought into the examination room from Naguru Hospital where they had been admitted.  

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At Ntinda School of the deaf, examinations begun 15 minutes late due to discrepancies in the number of the learners who needed large print scripts.  Moses Nsamba, a UNEB scout says that the number of learners that the school indicated need large print was higher than the number of scripts that were sent. The school has a total of 26 candidates sitting for the examination.   

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However, examinations started on time at Ntinda Primary School, with no disruptions reported according to examination officers. Benedicto Ggawa, the UNEB scout at the school says they started the examination paper at 9:00 am. 

“The environment here is conducive. I have not faced any problems. All the candidates arrived on time and we were seated by 8:30 am. The exam here begun exactly at exactly 9:00 a.m,” says Ggawa.   

A total of 695,793 candidates are scheduled to sit PLE Examinations at 13,475 examination centres countrywide.  

At Namirembe Parents Primary School in Rubaga, over 100 candidates were forced to sit in the examination hall for over an hour waiting for the examination to start in the morning. 

After lunch they sat for over 30 minutes waiting for examination papers to be delivered to the school. 

Francis Sekiziyivu, the head teacher of Namirembe Parents Primary School says the delays were caused by using faulty cars. 

"The whole day our examinations begun late. When we asked the people who deliver the papers why they are late, we were told the car had mechanical problems that stopped it from working at some point," said Sekiziyivu.

He says that the delays are likely to affect the performance of learners. "This late delivery of papers will affect them. Imagine sitting in a room for 45 minutes waiting for an examination. You enter the exam when your panicking only to wait for another hour. This is not fair," he said.

At Makerere Primary School, examinations too were delivered late. Candidates started the examination at 9:15 am. Daphne Nekesa, the headteacher attributes the late start to late delivery of papers. 

"Our pupils were here before 8:30 am They were checked and seated by 8:45 am but the papers were delivered by the KCCA team a few minutes after nine," Nakesa narrates. 

Bernard Egesa, the deputy headteacher in-charge of academics at Kitante Primary School says examinations at the school begun at 9:10 am. 

"Normally here we are among some of the last schools to receive examination papers in the morning. We usually start after 9:00 am," said Egesa.

Juliet Namuddu, the director of Education and Welfare at Kampala Capital City Authority says that the first day of examinations normally has a few delays in the morning.

"The first day normally has a few delays in the morning but all schools were able to sit their examinations. All reports that I have so far show that in the afternoon we were able to deliver the examinations early and I can confidently say that examinations begun at 2:00 pm," said Namuddu.

She adds that the only challenge that the authority has faced this time round is lack of examination invigilators. "Some schools in Nakawa did not have invigilators and this disturbed us. Most times teachers apply to be both scouts and invigilators. So when they are chosen as in scouts they accept since it brings in more money, " Namuddu explains.

The City Authority has over 40 cars in the field delivering examinations to different examination centers. The cars pick the examinations from the storage facilities 40 minutes to the official start of the examination and then follow mapped out routes to different schools around the city.