Several invigilators blamed a Monday morning rainfall for failing to report to their respective centres by 8:00 am as the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education exams (UACE) kicked off. Examination invigilators and supervisors are an integral part of the exams team in every school.
They are deployed in each examination room and have a key role in ensuring that the examinations are conducted according to the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) guidelines.
At some centres such as Lake Side College, Luzira, invigilators had not arrived at the school by 9:50 am. At Uphill College in Nakawa examinations had to delay up to almost 10:00 am due to late arrival of invigilators.
In Mukono, some invigilators had not picked up their appointment letters while others turned up late. Constantine Mpuuga Ssajjabi the area supervisor of Mukono Station 003 and also the headteacher Namilyango College says this affected the examination process and caused a lot of delays.
According to the Uneb guidelines, if the invigilator is absent, they should be replaced. Ssajjabi says he had to replace all the invigilators and some latecomers. In Kawempe, the substitute invigilators were also seen stranded at the storage centre after showing up without their identification papers.
It took the area supervisor, Sarah Mashaba who asked them to avail copies of their national ID, school ID and teaching certificate.
“Some of them had not handed in these requirements even though they were told to carry them. We need them to be ready for emergency deployment, nobody can be deployed without them,” Mashaba’s insisted as some lamented that they had forgotten to carry the said documents.
Jennifer Kalule, Uneb spokesperson, says it is against guidelines and examination rules to deploy an invigilator without fulfilling the requirements.
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