MARACHA. An abrupt change of briefing of Primary Living Examinations (PLE) officials in Maracha district paralyzed running of schools yesterday as teachers abandoned activities to catch up with the program held at Maracha primary school.
According to Mr Kefa Anguandia, the district senior inspector of schools, they were forced to readjust the initial schedule that was set to be on Friday as it coincided with the briefing of candidates.
The participants for the briefing which included 101 invigilators, 35 supervisors, five distributors, head teachers and police constables urged the officials to avoid such discrepancies in future since Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) releases time tables early.
“The irregularity caused losses for us since the money paid as allowance for invigilators and supervisors is only fifty thousand and fifty six thousand shillings respectively because we hired bodabodas expensively, we also survived accidents due to over speeding,” the disgruntled PLE officials lamented.
The PLE monitor deployed by UNEB Mr Pons Ocan explained that the examination body set first November dead line for briefing of PLE officials at district level to take place.
It is intended to pave way for the head teachers to be at their schools to brief the candidates at their various schools the following day.
Ocan appealed to the officials to be humble and give guide lines to the candidates in the examination rooms than threatening them without breaking examination rules and regulations.
“Guide against malpractice, it will lead to cancellation of results of the whole sitting centre, head teachers should avail every facility necessary for the officials to enable the theme for the examination this year which states that integrity and security in the management of examinations is my responsibility to be achieved,” Ocan added.
The district police commander Maracha Mr Faustine Oesse John pledged to provide maximum security by deploying the required number of police officers and appealed for the incompetent officials to be relieved from their duties before messing.
“I will not tolerate any irregularity, if you mess, better run to Congo before you’re brought to my office, if everybody is on toes, why are you not on toes,” Oesse remarked.
The deputy CAO of the district Mr Stephen Edema Budraa assured the PLE monitor that the district doesn’t have bad record for malpractice.
“I am not worried of malpractice because people in West Nile are not used to it but I am worried of the result since the performance of the candidates has been poor in the long time,” Edema stated.
He revealed that the head teacher of the best schools and the teachers of best performed subjects will be rewarded with gifts which he never disclosed.
This year UNEB has deployed one police officer in each examination centre and two police officers to accompany distributors with examination papers to reduce the recurring irregularities.
The recurrent irregularities noted by UNEB include impersonation, compromising field officers by head teachers and holding scouts hostage after rejecting to be compromised among others.
The P7 candidates resume their two day examination on Monday and end the following day.