Six educators have been placed in Luzira government prison after being accused of distributing counterfeit PLE (Primary Leaving Examination) materials to schools in Kampala.
The six instructors, Daniel Oleja, Michael Ijalia, Tendo Lukyamuzi, Henry Mirembe, Nasser Ssekandi, and Emmanuel Okechi, were brought before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates court on Thursday afternoon. They were charged with unauthorized possession of examination materials, a violation of section 251(1) and (4) of the UNEB Act 2021.
“The accused, along with others who are still at large, were found in possession of information related to the contents of Primary Leaving Examination question papers for English, Science, SST, and Mathematics for the year 2023, willfully, prior to the examination, during the months of September and October 2023 in Kampala and its environs,” read the charges by the trial chief magistrate, Ronald Kayizzi.
The six teachers denied the charges, and in response, the state attorney, Ivan Kyazze, requested that the court remand them, as investigations into the matter were ongoing.
When asked to provide sureties before applying for bail, the six were unable to do so as they did not have introduction letters from their respective LC1 chairpersons readily available.
The Buganda Road chief magistrate ordered their remand in Luzira prison until October 30.
The accused, who had presented themselves as UNEB officials, allegedly created a WhatsApp group from which they invited headteachers and school directors to join for the purpose of purchasing PLE exam papers.
This year’s PLE exams were scheduled for November 8 and 9. According to investigators, after headteachers and directors joined the WhatsApp groups set up by the six teachers, they were asked to make payments in exchange for copies of the forthcoming PLE exams.
Upon payment, the accused would send exam papers bearing the UNEB logo, which they claimed to be the upcoming PLE exams.