Uganda Certificate of Education examination leak suspects released

Uganda Certificate of Education examination leak suspects released
Uneb printing press works. Courtesy Photo.

All 30 suspects arrested last month on suspicion of leaking the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations have been released on police bond.

No formal charges were brought against them because prosecutors are on strike, deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said on November 8. She said when the prosecutors’ strike ends, the suspects will be arraigned before court on a likely charge of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Dan Nokrach Odongo, the executive secretary, Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), said the board first learnt about exam leaks in Kampala when a suspect called a head teacher in one school and offered to sell examination papers.

An official from the said school tipped off UNEB leading to the arrests.

According to police investigations, the examination leaks were traced to the Busesa examination storage station, where the head teacher of Nkutu Memorial, Aaron Hassan Waiswa, is believed to have paid a UNEB scout Shs 1 million to surrender the storage key. The suspects were picked up from different parts of the country.

Five arrests were made in Entebbe, five in Rwizi, four in Rwenzori region, two in Serere, one in Amuria, nine in Kampala and one in Iganga district. The three PLE arrests were made at Habaab Rahuman Islamic primary school in Mityana.

The head teacher is believed to have paid secondary school students to sit exams for two candidates in his school. Odongo attributes the high rate of examination leaks to the use of social media.

“This is not the first time that exams have leaked; the only difference this time round is the use of social media to aid the leaks.”

A-level examinations are expected to start next week with a national briefing. More than 100,000 candidates registered for the examinations.