A total of 295,494 senior four candidates start the 2013 final examinations today with Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) warning against malpractices.
This marks a rise in the number of candidates registered compared to 2012, when 268,782 candidates sat for the same examinations.
At least 129,853 of the candidates are Universal Secondary Education—USE students while 165,641 are non-USE candidates.
Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Secretary says all is set for the examinations. He says the examinations board is working with police and other internal Security agencies to ensure the smooth running of the examinations.
Bukenya also says a total of 1,013 scouts have been deployed to monitor the examinations across the country. He says more scouts who will work under cover will also be deployed when the need arises. He says all efforts are being made to ensure the success of the examinations.
Bukenya says the board and police will deal decisively with those engaged in malpractices. He has issued a strict warning to all those involved in running the examinations to ensure that such malpractices are eliminated.
The board has provided several phone contacts of both police and UNEB officials to report any cases of anomalies. The contact numbers for UNEB officials are; 0414-286637/9, 0772429566, 0772410878, 0772410876, 0750773300 and 0716/0703878032. The contacts for the police to report cases of malpractices are; 0772657551; 0711042464, 0772489984 and 0718464252.
Bukenya says all the contacts will be available throughout the examination period to monitor the progress. He says the District Police Commanders are also expected to report daily to the head office on the progress of examinations in various districts.