KAMPALA: A total of 23,560 candidates will on Monday 21 May sit Uganda Business and Technical Examinations [UBTEB] for 2018 in the students registered from 173 examination centres across the country.
This is an increase in the number of candidates from 15,651 candidates in May/June 2017 examination series to 23,560 candidates of May/June 2018 examination series representing a 50.5% increase.
According to executive secretary of UBTEB, Dr Wilfred Nahamya the briefing of candidates was done on 18 May and that examination start on 21 May to 15th June.
Dr Nahamya said the Board has continued to register bigger enrollment of candidates in Vocational training institutions and other training institutions accredited all over the country.
“During these examinations series, we have registered an increase in the number of examinations centres that presented candidates for examinations from 140 in 2017 to 173 in 2018 representing 23.5% increase, we attribute this significant increase in the number of candidates and examination centres to the recent policy guidelines on assessment and accreditation of Post O’level and A ‘level programmes issued by the Ministry of Education and Sports in November 2017,” said Dr Nahamya.
He explained that UBTEB registered candidates for Business Diploma and Certificate programmes, Technical National Diploma and Higher Diploma programmes and other specialized Academic programmes including Fisheries, Meteorology, Agriculture, Wild life and Lands and Survey.
He explained further that the May/June 2018 examinations series will be conducted in three phases; the first phase of examinations include Technical Diploma and Higher Diploma programmes and will start on 21 May to 1 June, phase two examinations start on 29 May and end on 14 June including Agriculture, Cooperatives and Wildlife programmes while phase three examinations will commence on 1 June up to 15 June.
“The examinations to be done in the last phase shall be for programmes in business, Information and Communication Technology and humanities,” added Dr Nahamya.
A press release by UBTEB dated 18 May signed by Dr Nahamya says the candidates will be examined on both theory and practical papers because the board conducts Competence Based Examinations that follow Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.
“This mode of assessment ensures that UBTEB students graduate with requisite hands on skills that meet in the Labour market,” reads the press release in part.
Dr Nahamya said the Board has deployed various Examination managers and Supervisors who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring supervision, monitoring and security of examinations at different examinations centres throughout the country.
“It is the intention of UBTEB that all candidates be given equal opportunities to demonstrate their levels of ability without anyone having an unfair advantage over the others and the board appeals to all Heads of Centres to observe Examination Regulations for the successful conduct of examinations,”Dr Nahamya said.
He urged all candidates to desist from any form of malpractice saying UBTEB’s regulations recommend for tough punishments for any candidate or institutions involved in any form of examination malpractice ranging from cancellation of results, imprisonment, and withdrawal of examination center among others. Ends