UNEB Sets Date for Special Mathematics Paper for Kakumiro P7 Candidates

Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has set November 30, 2022, when the Primary seven candidates of St. Christine Primary school in Kakumiro write the special mathematics paper. The 23 candidates missed the mathematics papers on November 8th, 2022 when they arrived late during the just concluded Primary Leaving Examinations.

The affected candidates had registered at Mpasana primary school UNEB center in Mpasana town council. They, however, arrived one hour and fifteen minutes late contrary to the UNEB rules and regulations. PLE starts at exactly 9 am. It later emerged that the school authorities failed to transport the candidates to the UNEB center in time.

The candidates walked for 15 kilometers to the UNEB center to write their exams but couldn’t make it on time. They were, however, allowed to write the remaining papers.  However, UNEB instituted a team to investigate the circumstance,s under which the candidates missed the mathematics paper. 

The examination body and the Ministry of Education and Sports later found out that it wasn’t the fault of the pupils but rather the mistake of the school administration. As a result, UNEB and the Ministry of Education and Sports unanimously resolved to administer a special mathematics paper for the candidates not to affect their education cycle.

However, UNEB noted that this is a one-off undertaking that “SHALL NOT “be treated as a precedent. The Kakumiro District Inspector of Schools, Mary Kyofuna, says that after making thorough consultations with UNEB and the Ministry of Education, they agreed that the candidates write the mathematics paper on November 30th, starting at 9 a.m.

Kyofuna says the candidates will write the paper from Kyaterekera primary school, which is about 4km away from St.Christine primary school but still under Mpasaana primary school UNEB center. William Baleke, the Kakumiro District Education officer-DEO, says that all is set for the candidates to write the special papers.

He explains that they have already informed the candidates and their parents to prepare early enough to avoid a repeat of what happened on November 8 when the candidates missed the mathematics paper. A total of 4,334 Primary seven candidates registered for the Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE in Kakumiro district this year.

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