Why Uneb postponed Idd exams
Posted Monday, October 21 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- While the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) called off last Tuesday’s examinations under the guise of allowing candidates to celebrate Idd Adhuha, latest information indicates that the move was a result of an internal error.
The decision came shortly after the High Court in Kampala on the same day (Monday) rejected a petition filed by Mr Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba, who were challenging the legality of the exams the students were sitting on a Muslim holy day, urging it was contrary to the Constitution and the Public Holidays Act.
Both officials from Uneb, the national examiner and Ministry of Education apologised and vowed never to allow exams to be conducted on a public holiday.
However, it is said Uneb sent confidential science specimens that lacked some reagents and even those sent on the eve of the exams did not correspond with the earlier ones, forcing schools to contact Uneb, which later postponed the exams.
Senior Four candidates were supposed to sit for Chemistry Practical Paper 1, Music Aural and Power and Energy on the day. Uneb is yet to set another date for the exams.
Sources within Uneb and various schools at the weekend said the earlier instructions Uneb gave could not correspond with the actual specimens delivered for the Chemistry Paper.
According to a source, Uneb used Idd “as an excuse to keep its name clean.”
Usually, before practical exams are done, Uneb sends advance information to schools to prepare laboratories but this time, the information sent was different from questions the students were supposed to answer.
Uneb sent out confidential letters E, F and G in advance but on the examinations eve U, V and Y appeared. These were letters that students would use to carry out procedures in solving practical problems.
Uneb Spokesperson Hamis Kaheru said: “If there was an error in the paper and coincided with Idd, it becomes history now. If the error was there and the paper was not done that means they will be done without any error. It is now overtaken by events.”