Samuel Adome, a teacher at Light SS told Uganda Radio Network on Monday they had not received any notification from the candidates nor their parents on why they failed to show up for the examinations.
More than 100 candidates in Soroti district have failed to turn for their final Uganda Ordinary Certificate level exams. The most affected candidates are from Light senior secondary school, Soroti central senior secondary school, Soroti Senior secondary school, Alliance high school among others.
An invigilator who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media says both Light senior secondary school and Soroti central senior secondary school had more than 16 candidates missing their exams. Samuel Adome, a teacher at Light SS told Uganda Radio Network on Monday they had not received any notification from the candidates nor their parents on why they failed to show up for the examinations. Adome however, says that some of the candidates may have shied away from the examinations because of lack of preparations.
A teacher at Alliance High school, who declined to be named, told URN that some candidates who failed to turn up for the examinations were ill. She says one candidate showed up for the examinations but failed to write because of a swollen thumb. Lekogwam Hermes Emoit, the head teacher of Tubur SS says three girls failed to turn up because they were pregnant while one male candidate ran away for allegedly defiling and impregnating a primary pupil.
Sylvester Ocaatum, the UNEB Soroti area Supervisor told Uganda Radio Network that it is the responsibility of school administrators to ensure all candidates show up for examinations. Ocaatum said he was not yet aware of the exact number of candidates who have missed their exams, but believes the number is lower compared to last year. More than 600 missed their examinations in the district last year.