By Chief Spy Reporter
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) officially starts tomorrow, Monday. This follows a briefing of candidates on Friday.
According to the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, a total of Ninety-Eight thousand, three hundred ninety-three (98,393) students are doing these exams.
“Our prayers and best wishes are with you candidates knowing that you will emerge with excellent grades. However, this time, there is a special warning from UNEB. This year’s exams are being conducted under a new UNEB act that was passed last month,” ICT and National Guidance Minister, Judith Nabakooba said in a media address at the Media Centre in Kampala on Sunday.
The minister, however, warned against acts of malpractice.
“This time, all those who neglect their duty in reporting or preventing malpractices will also be arrested and charged in the courts of law. Punishment for offenses under exam malpractices have been increased from six months imprisonment to five years. This might also include a fine of five million shillings or both – the fine and imprisonment,” she noted adding, “This should therefore act as a serious warning to those who intend to get involved in any form of malpractices.”
Like in the previous sittings, the minister revealed that all candidates with special needs have been given extra support to enable them do their exams.
On top of this, candidates with advanced pregnancies as well as breast feeding mothers have also been given an extra 45 minutes.
“We thank UNEB for all these interventions meant to support all candidates,” she said.