By Najibu Mulema

The Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB) says that it has registered an increased number of candidates slated to sit their upcoming exams since it’s inception in 2011.

Addressing journalists today ahead of the final exams slated to begin on Friday, the Executive Secretary Onesmus Oyesigye said more than 60,000 candidates have registered to sit for this year’s exams compared to 53,000 candidates in 2015 indicating a 10 percent increase.

The exams will be conducted in 387 centres across the country. Oyesigye notes that this is an indication that Ugandans have started appreciating vocational education adding that if more people embrace it, unemployment will be significantly reduced because most people will be having practical skills that can make them relevant in the job market.

The board is to deploy over 400 scouts and 1,000 invigilators who will be assisted by Uganda police to ensure that the exams are not disrupted in any way.
Oyesigye has also cautioned centre heads and candidates to desist from exam malpractice.

However much there’s an increase in the number of candidates, he has decried that the number of female students in the vocational institutions is still very low.