Thursday, October 17, 2013

Exams

Every now and then I'm tempted to post under the title TIA (This is Africa). 
The S4's have begun writing their national exams this week.  Uganda has a long history of corruption associated with these exams with teachers, students and officials equally to blame.  In an effort to stem some of the cheating outside invigilators are brought in, the exams are delivered to district offices and must be picked up just before an exam begins, and teachers are not permitted anywhere near their students around exam time.  This Tuesday one of the exams was postponed and to ensure that no further teaching went on police officers turned up at our secondary school to ensure that the students were not being taught.  In a country where teachers frequently do not turn up to teach it seemed rather ironic that they would send the police to check that teachers weren't teaching!

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