UNEB will not lower 2020 setting standards, grading scale

Mr Dan Odongo, the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Executive Secretary.

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Executive Secretary, Dan Odongo, has said that the Board will not lower its setting standards and grading scale for the 2020 candidates though Covid-19 disrupted studies.

His comments followed some reports that the Board will be considerate in setting examinations and lowering grading standards because of the effects of coronavirus to learners.

The 2020 examinations are to be written in 2021 to make up for time that candidates lost during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Releasing the revised examination time table for Primary Leaving Examination (PLE), Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) finalists yesterday (Friday), Mr Odongo said that students should expect standard papers and grading as usual.

“We don’t want the situation where there is doubt about our credentials or our awards by lowering the grading system. So, we can’t do that. Our grading protocols will remain the same and the content of examinations will also remain the same.”

Mr Odongo advised the candidates to concentrate on their books adding that he was confident that students were able to make for the time lost.

A total of 1,181,965 candidates were registered for the three levels with the percentage of female candidates being higher than that of the male candidates.

Mr Odongo said that UNEB will be vigilant hence warning students, teachers and parents against examination malpractices.

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