The Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB is rolling out a nationwide campaign to stop impersonation and other forms of examination malpractices in schools.
The campaign involves the use of a mobile phone application which invigilators will use to verify each candidates index number and level of examination. Upon entering the candidate’s particulars as recorded by the school, the app will draw out a picture of the candidate registered in UNEB records.
This comes at the time when the 35th Annual Conference of AEAA being Hosted by Uganda National Examinations Board has been challenged to find new methods of technology to address challenges in assessments most especially examination malpractice.
Speaking during the ongoing Association for education assessment in Africa, the vice chancellor of Mbarara university of science and technology prof Celestino Obua said that new technology has enabled students to cheat more than ever before giving an example of students who cheat exams using wireless ear phones,smart phones with Internet,wireless mini pens among others.
He thus appealed to the assessment bodies to be vigilante about the misuse of technology by using transmission gadgets in examination rooms like CCTV camera,audio/video gadgets to detect wireless devices and transmission proof examination halls which do not accept any communication from outside.
The app will be rolled out this year as candidates sit for Primary Leaving Examination (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations, according to UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Nokrach Odongo.
He is optimistic that the App will eliminate cases of impersonation, collusion, external assistance and smuggling of examination material into the examination room. The same app can be used by candidates to confirm their registration status prior to examination day.
Last year, Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) withheld examination results of about 1,886 candidates.
Addressing journalists at OPM offices in Kampala, the UNEB chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol said the results were withheld over examination malpractice.
She said a fake Primary Leaving Examination mathematics paper circulated prior to the exams affected performance of 2016 candidates.