By Simon Onziga, Denis Oringi & Pamela Atim

Candidates who registered for Uganda advanced certificate of education started their written examinations with mathematics 425/1, European history of 1789-1970, history world affairs since 1939 all on the morning of 12th of November 2018 meanwhile in the afternoon mathematicians continued with paper two whereas the historians doing national movement and the new states, economic and social history of east Africa also were busy writing what they learnt during time for lessons.

Some of the students who are sitting for the examinations shared various opinions on how the first day of the examination was.

At St. Mary’s Ediofe Girls Secondary School, the deputy head teacher in charge of academics Ambayo Tom says all the registered students for Uganda advanced certificate of education are sitting for the examinations.

Anguzu Rashid the head teacher Arua Secondary School, states that as teachers and administration of the school, they have done their part to ensure that the students perform well in these examinations.

A total of 99,672 candidates have been registered to sit for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations for 2018 less than the 102,007 who were registered to sit for the same exams last year (2017). The number of candidates registered for UACE this year reduced by 2,335.

Of the registered candidates for 2018, the Government-sponsored candidates are 18,550 (including 12,577 males and 5,973 females), while private candidates are 81,122 (including 45,782 males and 35,340 females). 

Last month, some students of Arua Academy Secondary School reported the school administration to police claiming that they were not registered for Uganda National Examinations Board -UNEB exams although they had paid the registration fees.

However, when radio Pacis reached the school administration, the director of the school Adomati Dickson explained that the late registration of senior six students dates back in 2015 when the then head teacher processed a bank draft and posted it to UNEB but the draft was not cleared which has affected the registration since then.

Adomati admitted having the students’ registration fees  in their coffers and promised that they would be registered. The students who were finally registered are currently sitting the exams. The head teacher of the school Vuma Benard explains that they registered the students just two and a half weeks to the exams after meeting the Executive Secretary of the Examinations body UNEB.

Some of the students of the school we spoke to expressed relief after they were able to sit for their first paper though others complained of inadequate preparation for the exams.

Meanwhile all the students who registered at Arua Public secondary school appeared for the exams. The deputy head teacher in charge of upper section Alema Dawa reveals that apart from the challenge of non-payment of the examination dues, the first day of the exams was a success.

The exams which started with briefing on Friday on 9th will end on Tuesday 4th December with Language papers.

However the ongoing Uganda Certificate of Education Examinations have progressed with minimal challenges in some schools in Arua district as most of the students have completed their examinations.

The head teacher Arua secondary school Anguzu Rashid says they registered success in the examinations so far done by the students. He however says of the 220 students registered, 3 didn’t show up for the examinations right from the start for unknown reasons to the school.

Ambayo Tom deputy head teacher St Mary`s Ediofe girls secondary school says they were able to handle some challenges of sicknesses among the candidates within the school due to the presence of the school nurse.

Some of the students are hoping for better results in this year`s Uganda National Examinations Board examinations.

Most schools are left with about three subjects to complete their final exams to sum up the ordinary level of education -UCE.

A total of 99,672 students are expected to have sat for their Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) final exams that begun on Monday, 12th of November 2018,

The 53,359 males and 41,313 females started with Mathematics and history at 9:00 am across the country’s 2,217 centers.

According to a statement released by UNEB’s General Secretary Daniel Odong, distribution of examination materials started on Saturday under tight security.

Odong said over 800 scouts and security personnel were dispatched to oversee the process.

“We still warn schools against the involvement in malpractice in the examination and to guard against people who sell what they purport to be examination questions,” reads part of the statement signed by Daniel Odong.

This year’s number of candidates has gone down compared to the 102,007 candidates that sat for UACE exams in 2017.