The police have apprehended three teachers from Midland High School for their unauthorized possession of Uganda Certificate of Examination (UCE) papers. The suspects include Dalton Denis Lubega, who served as the chief invigilator, Zawadi Bwambale, the Deputy Headteacher, and Herbert Woopo, the Director of Studies at Midland High School.
Jennifer Kalule Musamba, the spokesperson of the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB), has identified these individuals. Lubega, during his role as chief invigilator, would distribute exam papers to candidates and share soft copies with Bwambale, Woopo, and others. Lubega was caught sharing commerce and entrepreneurship papers, leading to his apprehension.
These suspects are now in custody and will face charges related to unauthorized possession of examination materials, aiding and abetting malpractices, and bringing electronic gadgets into examination rooms, which could disrupt the exams, in accordance with sections 25 and 30 of the UNEB act 2021. The case is being investigated by UNEB and local police.
In another case, Tom Okwenyi, a former teacher, has been arrested in Kampala for sharing fake Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) papers through a social media platform called Elite SST Senior Examiners. The police are also searching for administrators of another page, “Beans,” where counterfeit PLE papers were shared. UNEB, along with the police, has been vigilant in monitoring online platforms to prevent the spread of fake exam papers.
These incidents are part of a broader crackdown on exam malpractice during this year’s UCE examinations. In a previous case, head teachers, teachers, and invigilators were arrested on similar allegations of malpractice. Convictions under the UNEB Act can lead to imprisonment ranging from 5 to 10 years or substantial fines of up to 20 million Shillings. The authorities are taking a strong stance against these unlawful activities.