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UNEB Enhances System to Block Fees Defaulters from Accessing Results :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UNEB Enhances System to Block Fees Defaulters from Accessing Results

Odongo revealed that UNEB is actively working to ensure that the results of defaulting students are not shared during the national selection and placement processes.
07 Nov 2023 16:42
Learners of Kawempe Muslim Primary School during briefing

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The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has taken steps to address the concerns raised by many schools regarding blocking fees defaulters from accessing examination results.

In response to complaints that UNEB was not effectively blocking defaulters, Dan Odongo, Executive Director of UNEB, acknowledged past system challenges that allowed some candidates to access their results despite being blocked. However, he emphasized that the board recently updated and upgraded its system to rectify this issue.

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Odongo expressed empathy for candidates who are prevented from taking exams due to unpaid fees but underscored the financial burden placed on schools for teaching and preparing the students.

Over the years, there has been public outcry over schools barring registered candidates from sitting exams because of unpaid fees, with schools arguing that many learners refuse to clear their fees even after taking the exams.

In the past, schools used examination results as leverage to ensure fee clearance, but UNEB introduced SMS services as an alternative for candidates to obtain their results.

Schools were told they could collaborate with UNEB to block defaulters from the SMS service by sharing the defaulters' names through the UNEB portal.

However, there have been instances where this process did not work as intended. The glitches in the UNEB system eroded trust among some schools, leading them to choose to block candidates with outstanding balances from taking exams.

Schools also complained that the results of defaulting students were occasionally shared with other schools during the national selection and placement process, and students with balances were accessing their results from these lists.

To address these concerns, Odongo revealed that UNEB is actively working to ensure that the results of defaulting students are not shared during the national selection and placement processes.

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The national selection and placement process occurs after the release of exam results, allowing schools and institutions to choose students for admission at various levels, including senior one, senior five, and tertiary and university admissions.

With these initiatives in place, Odongo emphasized that schools have no justification for blocking registered candidates from taking their exams. He reminded them that the new UNEB Act now considers denying a student the opportunity to take an exam due to unpaid school fees as an offense, as it disrupts the national examination process. Notably, a headteacher in Kampala recently faced charges and was remanded for blocking S4 candidates on these grounds.

The issue of school fees has been a significant concern during the briefing of the primary seven candidates on Tuesday. For example, at Decorous Nursery and Primary School in Kawempe, it was revealed that several learners had not yet paid their school fees. 

Monica Kizito, the headteacher, stated that the school has allowed learners with unpaid fees to sit for their exams, with parents agreeing to a payment schedule. She also mentioned that the names of these students will be shared with UNEB. 

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