Some Primary Seven pupils in Kampala complained that the last number in their first paper today was confusing. At least 582,085 candidates today started their Primary Leaving Examinations â€“ PLE with mathematics paper in the morning and Social Studies in the afternoon.
At least 582,085 candidates today started their Primary Leaving Examinations – PLE with mathematics paper in the morning and Social Studies in the afternoon.
While their counterparts in Mbale described the papers as easy, the pupils in some of the schools in Kampala said one number in Mathematics was confusing. Uganda Radio Network visited Sir Apollo Kaggwa and Old Kampala primary schools in Kampala and found that number 32 was a big concern.
Patricia Nanyondo, a primary seven candidate at Old Kampala primary school, described the mathematics examination as easy but expressed concern about question 32. Nanyondo explained that the question was confusing, that she found it difficult to plot the required bearing and the bell rang before she completed the number.
Nanyondo’s concern was shared by twelve-year-old Ashurah Pazi, who also said she found it difficult to plot the given number. Both girls, however, expected to pass highly when their results are released.
However, the Head Teacher, Old Kampala Primary school, Hajj Swaibu Kawooya could not be drawn to comment about the examinations saying that UNEB regulations did not allow him to look at the mathematics papers until the evening.
Two other schools, Lohana Academy in Bakuli and St. Francis Primary school in Nakulabye sat their PLE examinations at Old Kampala primary school.
Fred Kawooya, the Head Teacher Sir Apollo Kaggwa primary school, said his candidates had not encountered any problem since he had not been alerted to any.
Old Kampala primary school registered 129 candidates but only 120 reported for the examination. Among the nine who were absent six were refugees who relocated to another country while the school was yet to establish why they registered but did not show up for the final PLE.
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Sir Apollo Kaggwa sat 141 candidates at their Sir Apollo Kaggwa road campus.
UNEB Executive Secreatry Matthew Bukenya said the papers had arrived safely at all the district headquarters of the 113 districts. However he was yet to receive report how the papers had left the district headquarters to various centres especially in Northern Uganda, Pader, Kitgum and Karamoja area.
Bukenya said he had put in place tractors to help stuck vehicles but were not used which means the papers arrived safely. In Kasese district, one school started examinations two hours late after bad roads affected delivery of the examination papers.
However, asked about the confusing Question 32, Matthew Bukenya said his major concern was to ensure the papers had arrived safely but promised to look at that at a later stage.