Francis Owino, the Director of St. Mary's
Secondary School in Mbale district is in trouble for allegedly providing
students with fabricated Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda
Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) results.
He was apprehended on Friday following a
tip-off from a concerned parent who claimed Owino had asked for Shillings one
million in exchange for genuine results. Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Region
Police Spokesperson, confirmed Owino's arrest, saying that the police are actively
searching for the other two school directors involved in the case.
Reportedly, the 2022 UCE and UACE results for
the school were withheld by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) due
to the school's alleged failure to pay the required examination fees.
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When the school faced difficulties accessing
the legitimate results from UNEB, Owino purportedly took matters into his own
hands and issued students with counterfeit results to ease the tension at the
A total of 85 senior four and 16 senior six
candidates from St. Mary's Secondary School sat for the UNEB Examinations last
year. These students have since been admitted to various high schools and
tertiary institutions based on fraudulent results, jeopardizing the
continuation of their academic studies.
Parents and students who were affected have
sought the intervention of the Ministry of Education and Minister Janet
Museveni to help resolve the issue and obtain genuine results, allowing the
students to proceed with their education. They expressed frustration, noting
that they have invested significant sums of money in trying to obtain the
results, all to no avail.
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Sam Wayanga, one of the affected parents, said
that he visited the examination body on Thursday, only to be informed that the
school's results had never been released. Wayanga revealed that when Owino
provided the fake results to parents, he requested a contribution of Shillings 50,000,
claiming it was intended to repay a money lender from whom he had borrowed
funds to pay UNEB for the results.