UGANDA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS BOARD
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE
UNEB has established that the examination in Islamic Religious Education(IRE) which was done by UCE candidates on Wednesday 24
October 2012contained some sections which were outside the syllabus.
How this is possible
Every year, UNEB receives more than one set of questions in every subject fromspecially-trained professional teachers appointed as setters. Each set goesthrough a quality control process that involves moderation to determine itsconformity to grammar, interpretation rules and curriculum. Moderation may involve changes on the questions as per guidelines. The moderated questions are then kept in a question bank from which theresponsible officer picks a set for printing shortly before commencement of theexaminations. The selected questions are proof-read but not necessarily by people with special interest in that area. There is a slight possibility that the officer responsible for the question bankmay pick a set of old questions that are no longer on the syllabus, especially inpapers like IRE and Literature in English whose content change periodically. The above and other measures are meant to ensure that setters do not knowwhether the questions they have set or moderated will ever come and if so inwhich year, and whether or not in their original form. This is one way UNEBhas succeeded in eliminating leakage of examinations.UNEB setters and moderators (as well as markers) are not supposed topublicise themselves or reveal their roles in UNEB work to unauthorizedpersons. Those who violate this undertaking should be reported. The public isfurther advised to ignore those who may seek favours because they do notknow whether or when the questions they generated will come.
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