PLE candidates to use random numbers to identify examination centers
Primary seven candidates will this year use random numbers to identify examination centers instead of school names.
The new examination feature was announced by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) on Thursday during a press briefing at their head quarters in Ntinda ahead of the briefing of candidates that is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
Candidates will also be required to use district codes instead of names as has been the practice before. Examinations are scheduled to start on November 4, 2019 with Mathematics in the morning later followed by Social Studies & Religious Education in the afternoon.
The random numbers will be used together with candidate numbers that are unique for each candidate. The numbers will be different for each of the examinations that will be sat for during the two-day examination period.
Dan Odongo, the executive secretary of UNEB says that the change has been made to increase on transparency during the marking of examinations. He says the new numbers are easy to use and candidates should not be worried.
This is not the first time the examination body has used random numbers during examinations. The numbers are used during Uganda Certificate of Education examinations.
While the examination body is confident in the new examination feature, teachers that URN spoke to are skeptic. Teachers say that the random numbers will likely cause confusion among learners.
According to UNEB, examination supervisors and invigilators are being trained on how to guide the candidates on how to use the numbers.
A total of 695,793 candidates have been registered to sit for the examinations from a total of 13,475 examination centers in the country, marking an increase of candidates registered compared to 2018 by 23,870. A total of 1,259 of the registered candidates have special needs.
During the 2018 national examination cycle, primary seven candidates used Education Management Information System-EMIS numbers instead of school names.