Mt Elgon: Heavy rains threaten PLE exercise

BULAMBULI. The onset of heavy rains in the Mt Elgon area has left many leaders worried as to what effect it will have on the national Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) that starts today.
Almost all the five districts of Bududa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Sironko and Mbale are susceptible to flooding and landslides. The torrential rains pounding the region have already caused flooding, submerged some roads and made access to some schools in Bulambuli difficult.
Bulambuli District inspector of schools, Mr Simon Wakiwa, said even with the on-going Uganda Certificate of Education examinations, access to some schools has been challenging due to flooding.
He said the road from the examination collection centre to some schools in upper Bulambuli had been cut off at Sisiyi Bridge. Vehicles cannot use this section of the road while pedestrians use a make-shift bridge (ladder).
“We fear that this (heavy rains) will disrupt the transportation of examinations to schools in upper Bulambuli. We also fear that if it rains heavily, some pupils who are supposed to start their PLE exams on Monday (today)ould fail to cross the flooded rivers to their schools,” Mr Wakiwa said.
He appealed to Uneb to consider the district as a hard-to-reach area and open more exam storage centers. Uneb secretary Matthew Bukenya said at the weekend the examinations board had put in place measures to ensure no child misses exams.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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