In a startling revelation, the head teacher of St Henry’s Lutti Primary School, Atanansi Mutesasira, has been apprehended by Kyotera District police for allegedly orchestrating an impersonation scheme during the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
Investigations reveal that Mutesasira engaged five impersonators, detected by an invigilator at the Kyapagi Primary School examination center in Kasaali Town Council, Kyotera District.
Confirming Mutesasira’s arrest, Kyotera District Police Commander, Mr. Hassan Musoba, stated that the suspects, hired from an unregistered secondary school, raised suspicions when their index numbers did not match their names during the examination.
The impersonators, aged between 14 to 15, possessed identity cards bearing the names and photos of legitimate candidates who had registered for the exams.
An invigilator from the Uganda Examinations Board (Uneb) noticed the impersonators’ anxiety during the mathematics paper and promptly alerted authorities.
The police intervened, apprehending the head teacher and the impersonators. Although the hired candidates completed their final papers, evidence suggests their results will be nullified.
Uneb guidelines prevent lower-level officers from disqualifying suspected impersonators, placing the burden on Uneb security to establish guilt.
Kyotera District Inspector of Schools, Mr. Mathias Kigoye, revealed that the impersonators entered the exam room without the school uniform, a deviation noted during national exams.
Both the head teacher and impersonators have confessed to their involvement in malpractice and impersonation.