Mitooma Teacher Arrested Over Malpractice in UCE Exams

MITOOMA – Police in Mitooma District have arrested a Swahili teacher of Kanyabwanga Secondary School, Tumusiime Dominic for involving in case of examination malpractice in the ongoing Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) Exams.

According to Jennifer Kalule-Musamba, Uganda National Examination Board Principal Public Relations Officer, Tumusiime allegedly shared information/ an image purported to be an examination material for a UNEB Biology Practical paper for 2023.

Musamba said that the content is said to have been shared on a school teachers’ forum. The Head teacher of the school one Mugizi reported the case to police, and the teacher was arrested. The file was sanctioned at the magistrate’s court in Bushenyi, and the suspect was due to appear in court yesterday.

Relatedly, in Kwania District, the head teacher of Inomo Secondary School has been arrested by police for allegedly tampering with examination material/envelope containing mathematics Paper 1 examination papers.

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It is said that he received a sealed envelope from the station, in the presence of other examination officials that included the UNEB Chief Scout, Area Supervisor, as well as security Officers. It is suspected that the content of the envelop could have been tampered with. Police is investigating the case.

In Nagalama, the police arrested the Head teacher of Paul Mukasa Secondary School in Kalagi for electronic sharing of information, purported to be a UNEB Examination paper.

The Head teacher was said to be sharing the material from his phone, and extorting money from unsuspecting members of the public. He will be arraigned in court to answer to charges of aiding and abetting malpractice.

In Kampala, the police in Kabalagala, Makindye Division, have arrested the Chief Invigilator at African Paarl Secondary School on suspicion of providing external assistance to the second shift of Chemistry students.

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This was during the practical examination of Chemistry Paper 3, of Tuesday October 17th, 2023 handwritten piece of paper with suspected answers of the practical paper was found in the examination room where the Chief Invigilator was supervising. Investigations are ongoing.

Section 28 of the UNEB Act 2021 makes it an offence to damage/ destruct an examination paper, examination material, or any other material or information. According to the Act, a person involved in such an act commits an offence and is liable, on conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand currency points (Twenty Million Shillings) or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.

Below is the Official UNEB statement on several examination malpractice arrests;

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