The Uganda National Examination Board – UNEB is expected to recruit 60,000 examination officials, including invigilators, superiors, scouts, and security officials to oversee the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) slated for November 8 to 9.
The exam body registered an increase in the number of PLE candidates from 749,809 in 2020 to 832,839 this year which calls for extra manpower. The UNEB did not set exams last year due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown.
UNEB Recruitment of Examination Officials
The management of the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) is set to open the recruitment portal for interested officials (invigilators, superiors, scouts, and securities) to apply. The board is expected to recruit about 60,000 officials to handle PLE exams. These include 33,395 invigilators, 11,539 scouts, 10,356 supervisors, and 2,765 security officers. The board hired 41,469 examination officials in 2020.
According to UNEB, each successful invigilator will be paid an amount of Shs40, 000 daily.
Besides, Per the UNEB timetable, the Uganda Certificate of Education exams start on October 16 and the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education on November 21. About 80 people have camped at UNEB up to October 16 when exams will be dispatched to examination centers.
The Board appeals to head teachers to conduct these briefings personally. The Board has noted previously, that where cases of irregularities and malpractice have been noted, the root causes have often been that candidates would have been poorly briefed, or not briefed at all.
Overview of the 2022 candidates
A total of one million, two hundred eighty thousand, one hundred and seventy-two (1,280,172) candidates have registered for all three levels of the final examinations. This indicates a percentage increase of 7.7% of the total candidature. 56 % of the total candidature of seven hundred and fifty-one, three hundred thirty-six (751,336) learners are funded by the Government, while 44% of five hundred and sixty-four thousand, eight hundred thirty-six (564,836) candidates are privately sponsored.