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More than 20 Candidates Miss UCE Exams in Schools Across Lango :: Uganda Radionetwork
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More than 20 Candidates Miss UCE Exams in Schools Across Lango

Some of the students reportedly joined technical schools instead of sitting for UCE, others were married off while some were sick by the time exams started.

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At least 21 candidates have not been able to sit for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examination in Kwania, Amolatar and Otuke districts.

This year’s UCE Examinations started on October 17, 2022, with 349,445 candidates registered in several schools across the country.  However, not all of them especially those in Lango are sitting for the examinations because some have reportedly joined technical schools, others are married off and some got sick by the time exams started.

In Kwania District, the Inspector of Schools Samuel Bunga says seven out of 682 students registered for the 2022 exams in the district did not turn up.

Investigations revealed that one candidate lost interest in education at Nambieso Agro Secondary School, while another stopped coming to school when he lost the people who were supporting his education. Arnola Mark Ojok, the head teacher of the school says efforts to get these students to school were futile.

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At Abongomola Seed Secondary School, one student is missing an examination and Jimmy Obura, the school headteacher says the student has been sick since the last term.

In the Amolatar police station examination centre, 10 students missed the exams; one from Awelo SS, three from Amolatar SS, two from Amolatar High School and four girls from Agwingiri girls secondary school. Geoffrey Okello Bongo, the Amolatar Area supervisor says the students did not have justifiable reasons for not turning up.

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In Otuke district, four out of 366 candidates registered for UCE in Adwari, Orum secondary school, Ogor Seed, and Otuke SS missed the examinations. Two of these are boys from Ogor Seed SS who opted to join technical school instead of sitting for UCE. Richard Abura, who missed exams at Ogor Seed says he was not capable of passing the National examinations.

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However, Lucy Aceng, the Otuke District Inspector of Schools says the examination is going on well without major challenges.

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A Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) 2017 Education Monograph report indicates that out of every 100 who pass Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in Lango sub-region, only 15 are enrolled at secondary schools. However, not all of them complete secondary-level education.

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