Top schools under watch as exams enter second week
Posted Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- The Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) is keeping watch on top schools as O’ level exams enter the second week, the Daily Monitor has learnt.
Sources from some top schools are under “special watch and interest from Uneb officials following public perception of exam malpractice”.
For instance, a teacher at St Mary’s SS, Kitende, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job, intimated that, “everybody is on tension here, things are no longer the same. There is a Fagil Mandy fever around and a few things are changing. Some invigilators who had supervised exams here for over five years have been transferred.”
Mr Mandy, who was appointed Uneb chairman last year, has hinged his term in office on curbing exam malpractice.
When contacted, Mr Mandy said: “Yes I was there on the first day; I am here to supervise the whole country.”
“This is the first time someone from Uneb of Fagil Mandy’s rank is coming around, of course it may be his usual routine rounds as chairperson but who knows what his intention is,” the teacher said.
Mr Mandy, admittedly preferring to withhold details of his work, said: “For me, anytime is tea time, there should be no surprise.”
On whether he has specific interest in the school, he said: “For me I work differently, everybody is vigilant including the school owners. We want to see less cases of exam cheating I don’t have to have special interest in any school.”
Mr John Bosco Sebabi, the school headmaster, said: “I would not love to make comments on the work of Uneb at our school. When he came, we did discuss with him and he appreciated our arrangement.”
On the school reportedly being ring fenced for close scrutiny he said: “That is not official so I cannot comment on that, it is part of his work, even those below him came around.”
Exams across the country have so far gone peacefully without incident.