Guard against exam cheating
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
It is again that time of the year when hundreds of thousands of our youngsters sit for the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb).
Senior Four candidates have already done their first papers and will continue doing more before other candidates – P.7 and S.6 – can also write theirs.
However, it is also harvest time for crafty and cunning Ugandans who will want to make a quick kill from gullible parents, teachers and students by pretending to sell to them genuine Uneb examination papers.
Other head teachers will be tempted to try and cheat exams for their students in order appear on cover pages of national news papers as having scored highly - a good way of promoting their schools.
In the midst of all this, there are candidates and teachers who have put in their all to ensure that the students are well equipped for the exams. To such hard workers, we can only wish them success in their endeavour to pass the exams.
At the weekend, an official from the exams body revealed that they had contracted spies to arrest exam cheats.
In such cases, when a handful of individuals are found copying, exam results for the entire centre are withheld or sometimes even cancelled. Unfortunately, not all those whose exams are cancelled participate in cheating.
Reports from early this year indicated that results for 1,000 candidates that sat for their papers in 2012 were cancelled.
This was followed by the cancellation of PLE results for pupils in Luweero District after they were found guilty of involvement in examination malpractices. The end result was that one full year was wasted as the candidates had to wait for another year to re-sit Uneb exams.
This has financial implications on the side of parents and other sponsors while in cases where parents do not have any other sources of income; the students drop out of school.
But all this can be avoided if the head teachers, the ones we entrust our children with, can act responsibly and say no to exam theft. Good luck to all candidates.