As 12,616 paramedical students start their final exams today, invigilators have been cautioned against drinking, which could obstruct supervision of candidates.
The vice, according to Mr Kato Kimoga, the executive secretary Uganda Allied Examinations Board (UAHEB), has partly led to increase in exam cheating at various paramedical centres.
He said despite examiners tightening regulations to prevent exam malpractices, unprofessional behaviour among some invigilators is crippling their efforts.
“Some of the invigilators overdrink in the evening and are exhausted in the morning, which makes them doze on duty, thus failing to detect the malpractices and end up writing poor reports,” Mr Kimoga said while briefing invigilators and coordinators at UAHEB offices in Kyambogo, Kampala, on Friday.
The exams will run up to June 29 and will be conducted at 125 accredited centres, according to Mr Kimoga. A total of 400 invigilators have been deployed to man the exams.
He warned candidates against exam malpractices, noting that a well-coordinated team has been put in place to arrest the perpetrators.
Mr Stephen Sseruga, the chairman UAHEB, accused some paramedical principals and tutors of teaching students just to pass exams without imparting skills that will practically enable the student to be productive after school.
Those who pass will graduate as laboratory technicians, clinical officers, anaesthetic officers, orthopaedic officers, dental officers, public health officers and physiotherapists who assist doctors in many public health facilities.