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S4 Student in Lamwo Dies Two Days to UCE

The Lokung Secondary School Deputy Head Teacher Denis Magendo Komakech says that Ocitti died from their home on Friday, the day of briefing candidates.
An exams invigilator checks S4 students of Kitgum Town College this morning for UCE. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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A student who had registered to sit for Uganda Certificate of Education [UCE] in Lamwo District has died two days before sitting the examinations, which commenced today.

Holyfield Ocitti 18 was among 68 students registered to sit from Lokung Secondary School in Lokung Sub-county.

The Lokung Secondary School Deputy Head Teacher Denis Magendo Komakech says that Ocitti died from their home on Friday, the day of briefing candidates.

He says Ocitti developed a swelling on his head shortly after sitting for Mock Examination in August and a CT scan at Mulago Hospital showed he had brain tumour that needed urgent surgery.

Komakech says an operation had been scheduled for October 7th but a Neurosurgeon who was to conduct the operation travelled out of the country. He says doctors later scheduled a new date for the surgery but Ocitti didn’t make it while waiting from home.

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According to Komakech, the deceased was one of the best-performing students who has been studying on a bursary. He says they were optimistic he would score a first grade.

At the same school, one of the female students failed to sit for today’s examination after giving birth.

The unidentified student gave birth in August after Mock Examinations but was expected to appear for examination today.

Only 66 students started Physics Paper Three Practical examination from Lokung Secondary School today.

Barnabas Langoya, the Lamwo District Education Officer says all the seven secondary schools begun the examination on time and notes that no incident has yet been reported.

In Kitgum district, URN this morning visited Kitgum Town College, one of the private schools within the Municipality.

A total of 229 Kitgum Town College students are sitting for examination that was delivered on time at 9:13 am by the school headteacher Michael Ocan.