"Normally results are released at a neutral environment. Kampala Parents in this instance is not a neutral place. It has a primary class. It is going to be one of the recipients of the results. This makes one wonder whether government has vested interests in the school," Prof Lutalo said.
Thedecision of Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB to release this
year’s Primary Leaving Examination-PLE results at
Kampala Parents School has raised eyebrows. It comes a day after UNEB sent out a message indicating that it would release the PLE results at the privately
owned Kampala Parents School on Friday this week.
"The Minister of Education and Sports is scheduled to release 2019 Primary Leaving Examination results on Friday 17th January,2020, 10am at Kampala Parent's School Main Hall," reads the text sent to media houses to send names of reporters for accreditation.
This is the first time
UNEB will be releasing results outside its premises, Education Ministry Offices
or any other designated government facility. Professor Bbosa Lutalo, the former
UNEB board Chairperson is one of those up in arm against the development.
are released at a neutral environment. Kampala Parents in this instance is not
a neutral place. It has a primary class. It is going to be one of the
recipients of the results. This makes one wonder whether government has vested
interests in the school," Prof Lutalo said.
He noted that the
release of PLE results at Kampala Parents School
will make history. "During my time as UNEB chairman, we always chose a
government institute. This has never been done. It's unheard of in our history,
“Prof Lutalo said.
Parents and other education stakeholders URN talked to share
the same sentiments with Prof Lutalo. Martha Naigaga, a mother to a primary six pupil says that
the venue for the release of the national examination results raises questions.
“I have never heard of something like this. Why have they
decided to do it? It looks weird that they have chosen Kampala Parents School
of all the schools in the country,” she said.
Ketty Wakwale, the head teacher East Kololo Primary School,
says that the move is the first of its nature in the history of examinations in
“This is the first time this is happening. If the venue is
going to be changing on an annual basis, then I think it will cast more light
on the poor state some of the schools are in,” she said.
However, some of the people applauded decision by the Education
Ministry. Ben Ssebugazi, the General Secretary of the Uganda Poor
Movement, says that UNEB made the right decision.
“UNEB made a good decision to
organize the release of PLE at Kampala Parent’s school. It is a good school
that has nourished great leaders in the country like General Muhoozi
Kainerugaba, Doctors and Members of Parliament. It is a very good school with
good structures,” he explained.
It is still unclear why the release of PLE results has
been moved to Kampala Parent’s school. Jennifer Katumba, the UNEB Spokesperson, says that they didn’t
have a choice where the examinations would be released. "Our job
was to mark the papers and release the exams. We wrote to the Ministry to
inform them and they chose the venue. We had nothing to do with the decision,"
A source from the Education Ministry told URN on condition of
anonymity that the decision to release the results at Kampala Parent’s school
came from the Office of the First lady who is also the Education Minister.
"When UNEB wrote about
the release of the examinations the request was passed on to the Minister's
office, which decided on the venue. This time round, they wrote back and we don’t
have any idea why Kampala Parents School was chosen," the source said.
Janet Museveni, the Education and Sports Minister, says they decided to move to the release of the results to Kampala Parents School because the president's office, which they have been using lacks air conditioning.