Police in Fort Portal are holding five examination officials, including teachers over alleged involvement in exam PLE malpractices.
The officer in charge of criminal investigations, Mr Joshua Tusingwiire said that the suspects were picked from Buhinga Primary school and St Paul’s junior primary school in Fort Portal.
The suspects include two invigilators, two teachers and another man whose identity was not readily available. By press time, they were still recording statements at Fort Portal central police station as investigations are underway.
The suspects were allegedly caught trying to help some candidates answer questions during exams which started on Monday.
Despite the exams arriving on time in Kabarole District, there was a big challenge in the hard to reach areas as rains continue to pound the district and the roads are in a very poor state.
According to the chairman LC3 Kasenda sub county Mr Deus Katuramu, the exams slightly delayed in some of the primary schools as a result of poor roads and heavy rains.
“If it rains before the arrival of the exams tomorrow, my children will not sit for the paper because there is nowhere to pass”, said that chairman.
He said that exams arrived at 9am on Monday at Nkenzi, Kasenda and Mbuga primary school because of poor roads.
Mr Robert Birungi, the headmaster Nyaruhanga Primary School said that the parents did not pack lunch for the candidates, which he said might also affect the performance of children.
UNEB executive secretary Mathew Bukenya on Monday acknowledged that bad roads and rains combined to cause delays in delivery of examination papers.
“There were also issues of examination parcels being misrouted and taken to wrong storage stations. For instance, parcels of Namulanda under Lubowa and Tendo Nursery and Primary School under Kawempe had been taken to Kakiri. Similar cases were also reported in Kayunga but thiswere sorted out quickly,” he said.
Referring to a case in which one teacher had been arrested for teaching the candidates after briefing Mr Bukenya said UNEB regulations prohibit anyone from teaching candidates after briefing. “Mr Haruna Sebuliba at Natete Muslim was arrested because he violated this provision and went ahead to teach candidates after briefing,” he added.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor