Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) have started today with pupils beginning with Mathematics in the morning and Social Studies in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, they will sit for Science paper in the morning and English paper in the afternoon.
The two-day exercise will see a total of 582,085 candidates sit for these exams, according to the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).
UNEB notes that of the 582,085 pupils registered in 11,506 exam centres, some 457,071 are under the Universal Primary Education (UPE).
The UNEB Secretary Matthew Bukenya, warns against malpractice during these exams.
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“All head teachers, heads of centres, proprietors, parents and candidates are strongly warned against involving themselves in any acts of malpractice or irregularities in the examinations,” said Bukenya as he addressed the press on Saturday.
“Very firm action will be taken against any person who will not heed this warning,” he added.
There is an increase of 16,422 pupils from the 565,663 who sat for the papers last year. However, the number sitting for the exams under UPE dropped from 463,332 last year to this year’s 457,071.