By Paul Lubwama, Bukedde FM/NECJOGHA
Kampala, Uganda – The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) will use a helicopter to airlift examinations to areas which are flooded.
This was revealed by the Executive Secretary of UNEB, Dan Odongo during a press briefing at the UNEB headquarters at Ntinda in Kampala on Thursday ahead of the briefing of the Senior Four candidates on Friday whose Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams start on Monday with theory papers.
“We shall work with the Police to transport examination papers using their helicopter in case of floods in some areas. The weather has not been so bad but we need to be proactive because it can change any time,” Odongo who was flanked by Police spokesman, Fred Enanga told the press.
Odongo said the police helicopter will be on standby from Monday October 14th so that they can use it at short notice to transport examination papers in case of floods in some areas.
Enanga said that apart from availing their helicopter to be used by UNEB the police are also ready to make sure students do their exams peacefully and there are no cases of cheating.
Last month, the government through the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness under the Office of the Prime Minister released a floods and landslides alert warning of these disasters in the different areas of Uganda.
“Overall , there will be an increase in average rainfall with a tendency above normal over the northern region, parts of eastern region and parts of Lake Victoria,” the bulletin read.
The government alert said floods are expected in Kampala, Teso, and Kigezi, some areas of Acholi and Bukedi in the last quarter of the year (September to December 2019).
Floods caused by ongoing torrential rains left people in 21 villages in the Teso sub region in eastern Uganda with no shelter and food in September and washed away a bridge cutting off one district from health and educational services.
The people who were affected were in the in the districts of Amuria, Kapelebyong and Napak. Since mid-August, the three districts have been receiving unprecedented amount of rainfall. The rain washed away the Acinga Bridge connecting Amuria– Acowa to Napak district.
Floods have also been reported in the districts of Bududa, Mbale, Butaleja and Bulambuli in the Bugisu sub region.