Covid-19: Despite lock down we shall not compromise on standards- UNEB

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By Paul Waiswa

The Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Dan Odongo has clarified on registration for candidates at different levels and examinations in 2020 following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact.

With parents, teachers, and students in candidate classes in limbo about the possible outcome of this year’s registration and end of year exams, Odongo reveals that a solution will be found

In an interview with online news portal Uganda Radio Network (URN), Odongo says that despite the interruptions, they will act according to guidance from Ministry of Education and Sports.  

He hints that the education calendar might be altered and examinations pushed to further dates. Usually, the National Examinations begin around early October and end in early December. But, Odongo says that this year the examinations might even start in late November or December or even a later date depending on the circumstances.  

He, however, adds that even though the country has been on lockdown, UNEB will not compromise on standards and therefore he urges candidates to make sure that they use every opportunity and platform put in place by government and schools to study across the curriculum.  

When the lockdown was extended for the second time; the Education ministry developed a framework to enable the continuity of learning during the lockdown where learners in primary and secondary are taught on radio and televisions in addition to self-study material that is yet to be distributed.  

Despite the high criticism, the initiative is facing, the ministry has asked for benefit of doubt and also noted that upon school reopening there will be enough time allocated to the schools to run through the curriculum. However, everything remains unclear since there is no guarantee that schools will open anytime sooner.    

Although Uganda has started easing several restrictions in the fight against Coronavirus, the date for reopening of schools remains unknown. Countries like Rwanda have announced that schools will reopen in September  while South Africa has cancelled the 2020 education calendar. 

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