Dan Odongo, the UNEB Executive Director, noted that according to their schedule normal registration will end on May 31. This means that schools have less than a week, before the end of the normal registration period for the 2022 UNEB candidates.
National Examinations Board-UNEB has issued the last call to schools and
parents to register candidates for the 2022 national examinations.
In a notice issued to schools and the general public, Dan Odongo, the UNEB
Executive Director, noted that according to their schedule normal registration
will end on May 31. This means that schools have less than a week, before the
end of the normal registration period for the 2022 UNEB candidates.
"The Uganda National Examinations Board appeals to parents and guardians
to endeavor to pay for the registration of the potential candidates, before the
end of the first deadline, to avoid paying a surcharge. Heads of Centres for
the government-aided schools are only reminded to upload the candidate data as
soon as possible to minimize challenges related to last-minute
submission," Odongo notice reads in part.
He added that although the normal registration period ends on May 31, late
registration, which attracts a surcharge, will take place in June 2022. With
surcharges, the primary seven candidates will be paying 68,000 Shillings while
their senior four candidates will pay 246,000 Shillings and the senior six candidates
Odongo warned that head teachers in public schools who will register candidates
beyond the normal time will personally foot the surcharges since they are not
covered by the government.
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A total of
1,055,336 candidates have so far been registered at all levels according to
statistics obtained from the examinations body. Odongo says that 93 percent of
the expected Primary Leaving Examination candidates have already been
registered. But, the numbers for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education -UACE
senior six candidates and Uganda Certificate of Education senior four are still
lower than those expected.
According to their projections based on recent trends, UNEB expected 106,000
candidates for UACE and 370,000 candidates for UCE examinations. However, by
close of business yesterday only 54 percent and 63 percent of senior six and
senior four respectively had been registered on the system. This means that
over 185,660 expected candidates at these levels are yet to register.
that the low numbers at secondary can be explained by several factors.
we have an expected number, there is a fact that A' level candidature might
remain low. Some learners didn't progress to S.6 when schools reopened.
Remember they had barely covered any content in S.5. although we have an
abridged curriculum many might have found fit to remain in S.5," Odongo
explanation for low numbers at a level is understandable, factors for the same
phenomena at UCE are puzzling. It was expected that numbers for this level
could be higher given the fact that the government allowed learners from two
cohorts (those who sat PLE in 2017 and 2018) to sit for UCE examinations this
Besides possible mass dropout of learners from school due to effects of
COVID-19, lack of registration fees has been blamed for the low turn up of
learners in senior four.
to differ saying that the fees issue doesn't give a bigger picture as public
schools whose registration is covered by the government have not been responding
to the registration. He says that there is a possibility that schools want to
wait for the deadline and register at the last minute.
"The problem is...
Asked why the government doesn't foot the bill for private learners who could
have failed to raise the fee, Dr Denis Mugimba said that it was impossible.
tricky route to take. government has always advised parents who cannot afford
private education to send learners to public schools that are the only available
solution at the moment since registration fee in those schools is already
covered," he said.
however advised that schools and parents can negotiate on the matter so that
students are registered and parents pay later when they obtain the fees.
also cautioned government-aided schools not to register private candidates as
is a fraudulent practice which causes financial loss to the government. Any
head of an examination centre or school director discovered to have indulged in
this practice shall pay twice the amount that has been defrauded” he said.
further noted that after the registration, the board will display successfully
registered candidates to confirm the registration status of their learners.