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UCE Exams: Rains Disrupt Distribution of Papers in Kigezi

Some heads of schools like Medard Turamyomwe Salongo of Nyamweru Secondary School in Nyamweru sub-county, Rubanda district were seen braving the rain to transport the exams on a motorcycle.
Some heads of schools waiting to pick UCE exams at Kabale police station.

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Distribution of Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examination papers in Kigezi sub-region was disrupted this morning due to a heavy downpour. The distribution of examination papers was scheduled to kick off at 08:30 am but heavy rains set in around 08:10 am, affecting the majority of schools using motorcycles to pick up the papers from the Police Stations.

At Kabale Police Station, the storage facility for Kabale district, the distribution started about 10 minutes to 09:00 a.m. Heads of schools arrived to collect the examination scripts with umbrellas. Some heads of schools like Medard Turamyomwe Salongo of Nyamweru Secondary School in Nyamweru sub-county, Rubanda district were seen braving the rain to transport the exams on a motorcycle.

However, Elly Maate, the Police Spokesperson for the Kigezi region says that despite rain disrupting the distribution, no incident of sabotage has been registered in the region. Maate says that security is ready to ensure that the exams are done peacefully up to the end.

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In Soroti district/city, the distribution of papers was delayed in a number of schools over lack of transport.

Most of the schools relied on motorcycles for the distribution of papers but the exercise was delayed because of the poor road network. In Asuret Seed Secondary School, examination papers arrived at 9:18 a.m. after students had long settled in examination halls. 

Some of the head teachers were seen arriving to pick up examination papers from Soroti West Central Police Station around 9:00 a.m., the official time for the commencement of morning papers. Elizabeth Ayura, the Deputy Headteacher of Gweri Secondary School told our reporter that the school didn’t have reliable transport for picking papers early. 

“We had to resort to the motorcycle after failing to secure a vehicle for transporting papers. This took us a while on the road to reach here,” she said while rushing to sign the papers. Patrick Omoding, the Supervisor for Soroti said that they opened the distribution of papers at 8:30 a.m. to enable distant schools to deliver papers on time but some of the schools delayed to arrival. Omoding says that although some slight delays were recorded, examinations have commenced peacefully in all the centers.

There were some delays reported at the Kawempe Police Station distribution center as several teachers arrived late for examination papers. The distribution of the exams started 41 minutes after the hour of 8 a.m. Some of the teachers at the distribution center told our reporter that the delay had been caused by the high traffic on Bombo Road because of the night downpour.

Hajj Sentamu Abdul Noor, the Headteacher of Mbogo College School said that some teachers travel a long distance to reach the distribution center and others were new and not well versed with the system and were delayed in filling out the forms.

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UCE examination started on Friday, October 13, 2023, with a briefing of candidates in all examination centers across the country and will run until November 17, 2023. There are 364,421 registered candidates for UCE examination this year.