20,000 students take allied health exam | Rare Techy
Due to the covid-19 backlog, the number of students who have to appear for the allied health exam starting today has doubled to 20,000.
Uganda Allied Health Examination Board (UAHEB) Executive Secretary Joseph Angodua said 20,570 health workers will sit for the examination today from 215 examination centres.
The board had conducted the exam for 10,000 students in previous years.
Mr Angodua told journalists at a briefing of heads of invigilators at their offices in Kyambogo, Kampala at the weekend that they expect the backlog to be cleared by next year.
“Many students did not appear for their exams due to the closure of all learning institutions for two years. We conduct exams five times a year to ensure the backlog is cleared,” he said
According to Angodua, the growing number of students demands more resources.
1860 officials including scouts, examiners, invigilators, coordinators, supervisors etc. have been appointed for examination monitoring.
UAEB Chairperson Ross Nazali urged examination officials to exercise vigilance to avoid malpractices. Ms Nazali said the board has decided to call the invigilators to appear before the examination committee along with students caught cheating.
“Students are aware. Once they catch you cheating by smuggling illegal material into the exam rooms or accessing your mobile phone, all your exams will be cancelled,” Ms Nazali said.
Board materials were flagged off on Saturday at all exam centres. Ms Nazali said they would be kept at police stations for security purposes and the exam coordinators would pick them from there.