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Ignore fake tweet, Uganda national exams board executive didn’t say form 4 candidates had failed 2022 exam

IN SHORT: Form 4 students in Uganda are awaiting their 2022 exam results with bated breath. A quote attributed to the examination board that they had all failed is mercifully a fabrication.

“I have never seen a year like these form four candidates have failed this year. I wish they repeat again. Teachers have not been teaching. No work done.” 

These words were allegedly said by Dan Odong, the executive secretary of the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb), according to what seems to be a screenshot of a tweet, shared on Facebook.    

The 2022 Uganda Certificate of Education examinations began on 17 October and ended on 18 November. This is a compulsory exam written at the end of four years of lower secondary school in Uganda, often called O-level

On 5 December Uneb announced that marking had started, and would hopefully be completed by January 2023.

This screenshot was also posted here, here, here, here and here. But is it legit?


Dan Odongo not on Twitter

The date on the screenshot appears to be 27 December 2022. 

But on 28 December Uneb, through its official Twitter account, dismissed the tweet as “FAKE”.

The exams agency said: “Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) disassociates itself from fake news making rounds on social media to the effect that ‘Form four candidates failed this year, that teachers have not been teaching’, etc. Please disregard this unfounded and false news.”

“Marking for the #2022UCE exams is still under way & will be proceeded by a number of quality assurance processes before the final outcome can be determined. The official results of the 2022 Exams will be announced at appropriate dates that will be communicated in due course,” it added.

Uneb also said Odongo did not have a Twitter account and urged the public to be calm as it finalised results.

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