Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, has proposed that it is time for the nation to consider restructuring the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) calendar and programme from two to four days so that the candidates write one paper per day.
According to Lukwago, this will help to address all the contingencies and imponderables and also offer ample intermission or intervals for the candidates to prepare for each paper.
“Just look at these Mubende kids who are grappling with the vagaries of ebola lockdown, had to trek long journeys amid a heavy downpour and sit for two papers (Mathematics and Social Studies) on the same day, “he said in a statement.
Lukwago noted that it is not proper for the kids of tender age to be assessed in a space of only two days for all what they have studied for seven years, excluding nursery period, saying that this is not fair hence calling for reforms.
However, Jennifer Kalule, the principal public relation officer at Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) said that the examinations that were conducted over the last few days have ended smoothly with no major challenges.
She noted that most parts of the country, including those that normally experience heavy rain at this time of the year, were cool and dry, which enabled effective distribution of the examination papers to the various centres.
In the areas of Kassanda and Mundende Districts, Kalule said the board managed to effectively conduct examinations in the two districts that are under lockdown due to ebola.
“UNICEF provided 35 mini-buses that helped to transport both the candidates and some examination officials to the examination centres. This was a great remedy to one of the biggest hitches that was likely to affect the conduct of the examination in that area,” she stated.
In Karamoja region where there were threats of insecurity in some areas, she said the board received assistance from the UPDF which airlifted the question papers to places ‘like Kotido, Kabong, and Karenga.