According to Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB, the affected schools have arrears for registration and protest fees, which are paid to allow candidates to seat exams for which they didn’t register.
the schools whose results from last year’s Uganda Advanced Certificate of
Educations examinations have been withheld owe the examination body money, URN
According to Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB, the affected schools have arrears for
registration and protest fees, which are paid to allow candidates to seat
exams for which they didn’t register. A candidate is required to pay Shillings
100,000 for each paper.
Although UNEB declined
to name the affected school, the UNEB spokesperson, Jennifer Kalule Musamba told Uganda Radio Network that some of the
schools owe them money for as many as five years. “They have been signing
agreements promising to pay the money but they never fulfill the agreements,”
She explains that
candidates from the affected were allowed to sit
examinations and even get results in the past after signing agreements with the
examinations body promising to clear later on.
UNEB’s policy not to release results to schools until all arrears have been
cleared but in the past we have been sympathetic and released these
examinations but schools never come back to clear. So this time round we
decided to withhold their results,” she said.
While other candidates are able
to access their results from the UNEB online portal or SMS messaging, those
from the affected can only access them from UNEB offices in Ntinda. The school heads are
expected to clear with the UNEB accounts office
before they can access the results.
URN visited UNEB offices around 3:00pm
on Thursday afternoon and found school heads outside the accounts office
struggling to access hard copies of the results. Joseph Nganda, the Director of
Studies Lukalu Secondary School in Butambala district, said that even after
paying the required fees on Wednesday, he was yet to access the results.
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Simon Muhangi from Kabale district says he hopes
to be able to access the examination results because the number of phone calls
that he is getting from parents are about to give him heart attack.
UNEB Shillings 500,000 that I paid this morning but I have not yet received the
results. I hope that I can get them because many parents are calling me asking
me whether the results were withheld due to examination malpractice,” Muhangi
to Musamba, withholding results is the only method that UNEB can now use to get
schools to arrears.
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This is not the first time that UNEB has
withheld results due to fees arrears. In 2018, the examination body
collaborated with schools and withheld results of candidates that had not
completed tuition fees.
Similarly, the affected candidates couldn’t access
their results using the SMS option provided by the examination body.