13 candidates miss UCE exams in Gulu City

He urged youth who have dropped out of school to go back to school, saying education doesn’t require age.

By Christopher Nyeko

Gulu: As the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examination commenced on Monday, a total of 13 candidates in Gulu City missed their final exams. The candidates who have registered with the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) for the examination are reportedly not sitting their papers.

Out of the 13 candidates who are reportedly missing the examinations, 11 are those registered under adult education at Gulu Central Adult School, found in Holy Rosary Primary School. Meanwhile, the two others are candidates from Gulu Army secondary school.

Richard Irwenyo, the Gulu City Education Officer, confirmed the development of this online publication during an interview conducted from his office on Tuesday.

Irwenyo observed that examinations started with normalcy in all their 24 examination centers; however, he says it is unfortunate that two candidates from Gulu Army Secondary School are missing the examinations.

According to Irwenyo, the pair did not return to school in the third term, and the school doesn’t have any details about what has prevented them from coming back to school.

Meanwhile, at Ocer Campion Jesuit College, three candidates with vision impairments were embarrassed on Monday after only one examination paper was delivered, leaving the pair to wait until the remaining papers were delivered too.

At Layib College, where candidates registered under adult education are sitting their examinations, a total of 11 candidates out of the 150 registered were missing. However, their reason for failing to turn up for the examination is unknown.

Rubangakene Daniel Boyika, one of the candidates who is sitting the UCE examination under the adult scheme says the examination started well, where he found simplicity in writing his first papers, which were geography papers 1 and 2. However, he was disappointed after realizing that his classmates were not sitting for their national examination.

Boyika, who is the female counselor five representing Gulu City youth in Gulu City Council, told our reporter in an interview that he wants to acquire more qualifications to help him contest for a high position in the future.

He urged youth who have dropped out of school to go back to school, saying education doesn’t require age.

A total of 3454 candidates are registered, of which 1658 are females and 1795 are males, from the 24 secondary schools in Gulu City, to sit for the Uganda Certificate of Education 2023.

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