Dr. Magara notes that despite liberalization of the sector students studying and qualifying using international curricula have unique challenges when it comes to progression into tertiary institutions where their qualifications have to be scrutinized and equated by UNEB.
International schools are seeking inclusion as stakeholders
on the board of the Uganda National Examinations Board.
The proposal was put before the education committee of
parliament by Education accelerators Ltd, an association of schools that
use the Accelerated Christian Education Curriculum.
A Board member of the association, Dr. James Magara presented the
proposal to Members of Parliament on the committee chaired by the
Pallisa County MP Jacob
The committee is currently meeting various stakeholders as
it proceeds with scrutiny of the Uganda National Examination Board Bill 2020.
Dr. Magara points out that the bill seeks to address new
emerging issues due to the changing educational and technological revolution
and he asserts one of those issues is the increasing number of Ugandans opting
for education using alternative curricula as a result of the liberalization of
He notes that despite liberalization of the sector students
studying and qualifying using international curricula have unique challenges
when it comes to progression into tertiary institutions where their
qualifications have to be scrutinized and equated by UNEB.
He told MPs that despite the fact that all other
stakeholders are represented on the UNEB governing council, international
institutions and any schools using alternative curricula are not.
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The Bill seeks to downsize the Board of directors from its
current size of thirty members to match the principles of good governance by
removing non-existent positions that were affected partly by the restructuring
of Government ministries, Departments and Agencies in 1998.
The Jonam County MP Emmanuel Ongiertho said he did not see
any need for international schools to be represented on the UNEB Board if they
had chosen to carry alternative curricula that is not examined by the National
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In his second proposal to the committee Dr. Magara is
seeking that the bill should state that a certificate of accreditation issued
by the National Curriculum Development Center shall take precedence over any
pre-accredited qualification from its source country in the equating of
international qualifications by UNEB.
He was drawing the attention of MPs to Section 4(1) e of the
bill which lists one of the functions of UNEB as, “to determine the equivalency
of a qualification awarded by another examining body with a corresponding qualification
awarded by the Examinations board.”
Dr. Magara argues that this proposal would ease equating qualifications
from alternative criteria with National curriculum certificates. His argument
is that UNEB currently only requires that in order to equate any qualification
the qualification must be accredited in its country of origin, this he says is
a defective approach.
He suggests that National Curriculum Development Center must
have the powers to accredit and at the same time assess any curriculum used in
the country such that there is no need for UNEB to look abroad to the curricula’s
country of origin when equating qualifications.
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Magara found support for this proposal from the chairperson Jacob