Ivan Mubiru

Primary Seven candidates across the country have today morning started writing their primary leaving examinations.

The 671,923 candidates in 13,072 centres have kicked off the exams with Mathematics in the morning. Later on they will embark on Social Studies and Religious Education before embarking on Integrated Science and English on Tuesday, November 6.

Last year 646,041candidates sat PLE from 12,751, representing an increase of 25,882. A total of 476,131 candidates are from Universal Primary Education schools while females account for 346,963 compared to 324,960 males.

Bar Mathematics, the other papers will last two hours, 15 minutes, 15 less than Mathematics.

Last week, Uneb executive secretary Dan N. Odongo, cautioned school heads and candidates against involvement in any form of malpractice.

Also, for the first time, candidates will use Education Management Information System (EMIS) numbers instead of names, index numbers, name of the school and district numbers used in the past.

EMIS is a six-digit code that has been allocated to each school as preemptive measure to examination malpractice especially by markers who have always looked out for a particular school.

“We shall publish the names of persons found involved in any form of malpractice,” Odong warned.

Uganda Certificate of Education exams kicked off on October 12 and will conclude on Friday, November 16, while A-Level exams will kick off on Monday, November 12.