Saabani Irumba, a parent who had two candidates in the school, says that he paid Shillings 260,000 as demanded by the school but was shocked when the school only took one of his daughters to UNEB claiming the bus was full. Irumba’s daughter, Sophia Karungi, says that she tried to board the bus but Byaruhanga told her that it was already full, adding that those already on the bus would represent them.
There is a stalemate between the administration of Nyankwanzi High School in Kyenjojo
district and parents following the cancellation of the 2018 Uganda Certificate
of Education–UCE examination results.
In February, Uganda National Examinations Board–
UNEB withheld the results of 110 candidates from Nyankwanzi High School for
alleged exam malpractice. Consequently, UNEB summoned the school
administrators, affected students, and other stakeholders to appear before its
Security Committee to give their side of the story.
In March, the school head teacher, Josephat
Byaruhanga, called the parents of the affected students for a meeting. They resolved
that each student pays Shillings 130,000 to cater for their meals, accommodation
and other related expenses of the affected candidates in Kampala.
Parents became suspicious when Byaruhanga took 69
of the affected students leaving 41 behind without any explanation. Upon
arrival at UNEB, the students were tasked in vain to explain why they had
similar answers in Mathematics and Geography. It was concluded that there was collusion
leading to the cancellation of the results of 109 students.
One of the
students managed to explain himself prompting the examination body to release
his results. The Director of Studies, Julius Saturday, says the UNEB hearing
ended at 8pm and students were immediately asked to board the bus back to
school where they arrived at 2am.
Andrew Kasesa, a student who attended the UNEB
hearing, says they were only given Shillings 2,000 from the Shillings 130,000 their parents paid. But no
lunch or supper was provided. Upon their return to the school, Byaruhanga told the students that he would notify
their parents on the way forward in a week’s time but has since gone quiet and disappeared
from the school.
As a result, the parents and affected students have now come out with a
string of demands. Those who went to UNEB want a refund of Shillings 80,000,
saying the money they paid wasn’t fully utilized while those who didn’t go are
also demanding for a full refund.
The parents are
also demanding that the school meets part of the cost and allow the students to
repeat the senior 4 class. Saabani Irumba, a parent who had two candidates in
the school, says that he paid Shillings 260,000 as demanded by the school but was
shocked when the school only took one of his daughters to UNEB claiming the bus
daughter, Sophia Karungi, says that she tried to board the bus but Byaruhanga
told her that it was already full, adding that those already on the bus would
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Margaret Kabasinguzi, another parent says she
got angry when her daughter, Monica Kemigisa told her that they weren’t given
any meal on their journey to the UNEB offices.
Kabasinguzi now wants the school
to refund part of the money she paid to allow her to take her daughter to
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Enid Kemirembe, another parent says that the
school blocked their children from studying the first term claiming there was
no space and that it was already late for them.
She wants her son to repeat S.4
from the same school and wants the fees slashed because the school is equally
to blame for the mess.
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Byaruhanga wasn’t at the school when our
reporter went there to seek his comment on the story. The School Director of Studies,
Julius Saturday was the one in charge.
He explained that Byaruhanga has since been asked to leave
office to pave way for an audit because he is suspected of misusing
said he can’t commit to
paying back the parents or making special arrangements for the affected
students because the school has no records of how the money was spent.
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He confirmed that the school declined to in the
students for first term because it was too late when the results were cancelled.
Saturday explained that since the students were under the Universal Secondary
Education–USE programme, which doesn’t cater for repeaters, they will have to
pay at least Shillings 90,000 each as school fees when they turn up for second
When contacted on phone, Byaruhanga denied
misusing the money. He instead said that his plan with parents was to collect Shillings
15 million but he ended up with only Shillings 8.9 million, adding that he was
forced to use his own money.
unable to answer when asked how much he added and how he spent what he
collected. The Kyenjojo District Education Officer, Gertrude Tibankanya, said
they will act once the auditor’s report is out.