3 Students In Pader Miss Exams

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While in Kampala and surrounding areas the exercise went on peacefully, at least three students missed today’s examination papers due to failure to clear school fees balances.

Candidates from Kampala and Pader districts had mixed feelings as they started their Uganda Certificate of Education - UCE exams on Monday.
In Kampala and surrounding areas, it was a peaceful with several schools visited by URN registering no inconveniences such as examination malpractices, missing examinations and delayed start of the examinations.
In Nabisunsa Girls' school, all the students who had registered for the examinations reported for the papers. When URN visited the school, both the head teacher and the Director of Studies were not around. A teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is no authorized to speak on behalf of the school said the situation was calm. He said the candidates started the papers at exactly 9:00am.
Upland High School in Mbuya also registered no cases of delayed start of the papers and other inconveniences. At Kyambogo College, the head teacher, Ann Tumwesigye said all the 260 candidates that registered for the examinations reported. Tumwesigye however said due to large numbers of the candidates, the papers had to start 10 minutes late. But the afternoon papers started at exactly 2:00pm;
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In Pader district, however, three students missed the first paper of the 2013 examinations. The students whose names have not yet been revealed are from Lagwei Secondary School and Pader Town Hall respectively.
The UNEB area supervisor for Pader district, Vinancio Okidi, says some of the students failed to sit the examinations due to indiscipline cases while others failed to register in time.
Okidi says at Pader Town Hall where the students of St Mary's Secondary School and Agago High School registered, two students never showed up for the examinations. He attributes the failure to school fees problems.
In Bishop Flyn Secondary School, all the students turned up for the examinations. According to Sister Viola Akulu, the head teachers of the school, no cases of indiscipline have so far been registered.
Last week, UNEB Executive Secretary, Mathew Bukenya warned head teachers against stopping candidates who have not completed school fees from sitting for the final examinations.
By 5:00pm, no cases of exams malpractices had been reported. When contacted, the UNEB executive secretary, Mathew Bukenya said they had not received any case.
Police had by this evening also not received any case of malpractices. Charles Katunzi from Uganda Police, who is part of the monitoring team, says his office had not received any reports of disruptions and malpractices in the examinations.
The examinations continue tomorrow with Chemistry, Music Aural and Energy and Power.