Its alleged that the head teachers, last year solicited money from private schools and allowed them to register for Primary leaving Examinations- PLE at their Centres without submitting the money to UNEB.
Located at the outskirts of Masaka municipality, Nyendo Mixed Secondary is among the schools whose UCE results have been withheld by the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB for various reasons including among others examination malpractices. The examinations body released results for only 18 out of the 48 examined candidates at the centre.
In most schools in Kampala, briefing began at exactly 9 am and ended at 12 noon. The briefing session was carried out by teachers in the respective schools in the company of at least one chief examination invigilator from the Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB.
The withheld exams are from 11 centers. The centers affected include Science Foundation with 27 candidates, 11 candidates from Alliance SS Ibanda, 10 from Ezra Memorial SS, five from Rubona SS and five from Iganga Parents SS, among others.
Simon Emoru Anagu, the district Inspector of Schools told URN that they have rescinded the previous decision after research proved that its easier for children to cope while taught in a language they understand.
Early morning drizzles in the Central Division of Kampala coupled with heavy traffic on the roads have caused delays in delivering Primary Leaving Examination question papers from storage facility to the sitting centres.
The group has reportedly been circulating messages purporting to have access to Primary Leaving Examination papers and fleecing unsuspecting parents of their money. But UCC says such messages contradict section 19 of the Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB act 1983.
Diana Mukhooli, one of the affected students, accuses the management of betraying them. She claims that when the school administration learnt that their schools had been withheld, it summoned them and transported them to UNEB with specific instructions to admit that they cheated on their own to help the school to regain its examination center number, which was withdraw by UNEB.
UNEB Executive Secretary Mathew Bukenya says that the board has already uploaded results from last years Uganda Certificate of Education examinations to the portal to ease access for the schools. All is school needs is a customized password to be able to access and down load results for its candidates.
At least 51, 427 out of the 621, 401 candidates passed their Primary Leaving Examinations in division one, according to the Primary Leaving Examination results released by Uganda National Examinations Board, this morning.
Piloted last year, the electronic registration system was rolled out to schools this year ending years of paper use and exploitation of candidates by schools in capturing data. The system however faced hurdles based on the limited knowledge and skills on computer use by teachers across the country.
Head teachers across the country petitioned the board after discovering that the results had unimaginable errors. They argued that while students performed well in similar subjects like Mathematics and Physics, almost all candidates failed the Technical Drawing test.