Teachers have been cautioned against engaging in examination malpractices as students prepare for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) Examinations.
Briefing of candidates for UCE examinations will take place on Friday while examinations commence on Monday October 14 across the entire country.
Commissioner for Education Standards in the ministry of Education and Sports Benson Baritazale Kule says the country has been grappling with examination malpractice for a long.
On Thursday, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board which examines tertiary and vocational institutions withheld results of 56 students over malpractice.
Kule says secondary schools whose exams start next week ought to ensure that they don’t indulge in cheating so that they don’t fall victims of having their examination results withheld.
Kule who was a guest during the fundraising drive for a girls dormitory at Kasese Secondary school on Thursday, said the ministry together with examining bodies have put in place stringent measures to curb on the rate of malpractice within schools.
Kule argued that cheating exams is an indicator that the teacher and the students are both not confident of what they have covered during the course of study.
He revealed that cheating exams has a great impact on the standards of education within a country which subsequently affects the level of skills in the labour force.
The commissioner also said examination malpractice is indicative of the fact that the country’s moral standard has gone to the dogs explaining that any teachers or persons that will be nabbed involving in the vice will be dealt with accordingly.
Rt Rev Francis Aquirinus Kibira, the Bishop Catholic Diocese of Kasese said students and teachers who have spent four years and more preparing for an exam ought not to fear anything for their preparedness would definitely yield when they eventually sit for their exams.
Bishop Kibira also appealed to students across the country to also use this time to pray to God for various gifts to lead them successfully past the exams.
Kasese has previously seen some of the examination results of several schools withheld over malpractices.
In 2018, a total of 90 primary pupils had their Primary Leaving Examinations results withheld for allegedly having been involved in cheating the exams the previous year.