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UBTEB announces tough punishments against cheats ahead of May/June exams

Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) has set tough measures to curb malpractices ahead of exams in May/June 2019. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) has announced tough measures intended to curb malpractices ahead of business and technical exams in May/June.

According to UBTEB executive secretary Onesmus Oyesigye, over the years, the move was prompted by rising cases of examinations malpractices.

“However, with effect from May/June 2019, any candidate caught in any form of malpractice will pay heavily for such acts. The Board revised upwards the punitive measures for examination malpractices which will be implemented beginning with the May/June 2019 examination series,” he said.

Some of the measures are that students caught colluding to cheat examinations will see their results of the entire semester cancelled.

UBTEB executive secretary Onesmus Oyesigye deliberates on an issue recently. (PHOTO/UBTEB)

The same will apply to smuggle unauthorized materials, use of phones, programmable calculators and watches, writing on body parts and writing on the question paper. Third-time offenders will be disqualified from the programme and all their examinations result cancelled.

“This, therefore, calls for your efforts to strengthen institutional based measures for candidates and examination managers to ensure that they don’t fall outside the rules and regulations on compliance with the examination settings” Mr. Oyesigye urged principals during the feedback workshop in Kampala recently.

He said the Board pledges continuous improvements to enable effective service delivery.

“For example; the Board upgraded Examination Management Information System with a new system to enable efficiency in handling examination processes. The system now will ease candidate registration, and enable Heads of centres and candidates to access results online. You will note that systems upgrades always have overlaps which emerge and are corrected. The Board will continue to monitor its performance and handle all emerging issues in time in this transition period,” he added.

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