UNEB law: Whoever leaks exams faces 10 years in jail

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Sharebility Uganda pauses WhatsApp groups during examination period

Sharebility Uganda has decided to pause communication on all WhatsApp groups during the examination period to avoid the leaking of exams, which is a punishable offense under Ugandan law. This is after 6 teachers were reportedly sent to Luzira this week over plan to leak exams.

The Uneb Act of 2021, which came into effect last year, makes it a crime to leak exam papers. Those who are caught can face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of 40 million shillings. The law also applies to teachers, invigilators, scouts, or anyone else who helps candidates cheat.

Section 25 (1) specifically incriminates any person who willfully before or during an examination has in his or her possession or under his or her control or who abets or attempts to gain possession of any examination paper or any part of an examination paper, or information which purports to relate to the contents of any examination paper, genuine or not.

Sharebility Uganda takes this issue very seriously and is committed to upholding the integrity of the Ugandan education system. We believe that all candidates should have a fair and equal chance to succeed, and that cheating is unfair to all students.

Sharebility Uganda Limited maintains several community WhatsApp groups having over 10,000 students and teachers, users of the Sharebility Digital Library. Communication has been paused in all groups during this period as a precautionary measure against leaking exams.

We understand that this may be a difficult time for candidates, but we encourage them to stay focused on their studies and to avoid any temptation to cheat. There are many resources available to help candidates prepare for their exams, including Shareability Uganda’s own digital educational resources.

Here are some tips for candidates on how to prepare for UNEB exams:

  • Avoid using social media during the examination period, as this can be a distraction and a source of spoilers.
  • If you see or hear anything about someone cheating, report it to your teacher or another trusted adult.
  • Create a study schedule and stick to it.
  • Find a quiet place to study where you will not be interrupted.
  • Take breaks regularly to avoid burnout.
  • Review your notes and practice answering questions.
  • Ask for help from your teachers or classmates if you need it.
  • Get enough sleep the night before the exam.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the exam.
  • Arrive at the exam early and relax.

We wish all candidates the best of luck in their exams!

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Rogers Mukalele

An information technologies specialist with great experience and skills in teaching ICT and website development. Passionate about educational technologies (ICT4E), digital pedagogy advocacy and building communities around technology.

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