The Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB has unveiled the electronic registration for national exams in secondary schools.
The move is aimed at easing registration for the Uganda Certificate Examinations-UCE and Uganda Advance Certificate Exams-UACE, which has been tedious and slow.
Currently, the Optical Mark Reader-OMR forms are the one used by students to register for the exams and then they are hand delivered to UNEB.
According to UNEB, training for selected head teachers in 60 districts across the country on the E-registration exercise has been ongoing for the last two years. The exercise that was pioneered in 237 schools is expected to roll out in the entire country.
Peter Wakabi, the head of ICT in UNEB say the exercise has been simplified to accommodate even students with very basic knowledge in computer adding that a lot of time was being spent on filling out the computer forms, yet the data would come out with errors. He adds that initially they were importing materials which was very expensive and time wasting.
While launching the system, Dr Rose Nassali, the permanent secretary ministry of education and sports, echoed the frustrations that most head teachers would encounter during the registration exercise.
She however notes that with the new system most if not all of these problems will cease to happen, especially because the software is user-friendly that anyone with basic computer knowledge can use it.
Charles Drake Lubongya, the director of studies Bishop Cyprian Kihingile, one of the pilot schools says he thinks this system is going to make their work easy especially because it is easy to use.