Three secondary schools in Jinja are being investigated for reportedly conning 42 students of their money and failing to register them to sit for 2011 Ordinary Level final examinations.
The 42 students are from Dewey Pragmatic College, Butembe and St Mathias Nakabango Senior Secondary Schools. The students say they paid school fees and Uganda National Examination Board registration fees but were advised to repeat the class after efforts to register them late failed.
According to Samson Lubega, South Eastern regional police spokesperson, the 42 students paid money to sit for the final examinations in May 2011 and received UNEB index numbers to sit at Dewey Pragmatic College in Bugembe but were only told they would not sit for examinations on the briefing day early this month.
Phillip Wellinga, one of the affected students at Dewey Pragmatic College says he pad shillings 150,000/- for registration instead of the official UNEB fees of shillings 14,000/- per student. On learning his fate, he told his parents who did not believe it.
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Sam Kalaka, one of the eight students at St. Martha’s College Nakabango also registered to sit at Dewey Pragmatic College UNEB centre. He says he paid shillings 14,000/- as registration fees but learnt at the last minute that he would not do the examinations.
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James Patrick Wanume, the Director St. Martha’s College confirms the students will sit next year after an agreement with the students and their parents. He says that on 21st October 2011 they held a meeting with David Isabirye, the Director Dewey Pragmatic College, the parents and students. In the meeting, it was resolved that students re-sit the examinations and the two schools share the cost of school fees and registration fees.
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But Elias Begumya, the Jinja deputy Chief Administrative officer says Dewey, Butembe, St Mathias Nakabango Schools have to be investigated for fraud, blindfolding parents and over-charging students.
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David Isabirye, Director Dewey Secondary School has declined to talk to journalists and is not in his office.