On Friday, October 13, 2023, as the Uganda Certificate of Examinations (UCE) for Senior Four commenced with candidate briefings, students in West Nile demonstrated their preparedness. The first compulsory final examination, Geography Paper One, is scheduled for Monday, October 16, 2023.
According to Dan Odongo, the Executive Director of the Uganda National Examinations Board, a total of 364,470 candidates have registered for this year’s UCE examinations, with 51% being females and 49% males.
In addition to the preparations, school headteachers in the region have received a warning concerning any possible examination malpractice, which has been reported in some schools in the past. Ronald Ddungu, the Regional Desk Officer for West Nile and Acholi sub-regions at the Ministry of Education and Sports, urged headteachers and candidates to strictly adhere to the examination rules and regulations, emphasizing the need to avoid any form of examination malpractice.
Jackline Lemanda Nyambogo, the headteacher of Ogenda Girls High School in Pakwach district, expressed their readiness for this year’s UNEB exams, citing more than 80% syllabus coverage. She mentioned that unlike the previous year, they faced fewer challenges this time.
Grace Adia, the headteacher of Arivu Secondary School in Arua district, also expressed optimism about the performance of their 54 UCE candidates. She highlighted their thorough preparation, including seminars and guidance from UNEB examiners.
Francis Ayume Memorial Secondary School’s headteacher in Koboko district, Isaiah Muki, expressed a commitment to maintaining their tradition of good performance.
Sheikh Abdulmutwalib Kizza, the deputy headteacher of Arua Islamic Secondary School, spoke positively about the confidence instilled in their candidates during the briefing.
Robert Okello, the headteacher of Bishop Angelo Tarantino Secondary School in Arua City, revealed that the school had registered the highest number of candidates for this year’s examinations.