Nine senior four candidates of Makerere International High School in Luweero district have missed their math paper after being conned by the school director.
The students accuse the School Director, Vincent Tumusiime of collecting Shillings 1.4 million to register them for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examination in vain.
The students claim that the school administrators assured them that they had fully registered them and would their exams Dynamics Secondary School in Mukono district.
They filed a complaint at Luweero Central Police Station leading to the arrest of the director. The Luweero District Police Commander says Byaruhanga Mworozi explained that they paid the director Shillings 164,000 each for their registration.
He however, says the students only learnt on Monday that they were ineligible to seat the examinations since they were never registered. Mworozi says Tumusiime has confessed receiving money from the students but can't explain why he didn't register them.
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Tumusiime is currently locked up at Wobulenzi Police Station where he faces charges of obtaining money by false pretense.
The Luweero District Education Officer, Florence Bbosa was unavailable for comment. Dan Odong, the Executive Secretary Uganda National Examinations Board, says it is unfortunate that the students were cheated, but hastened to add that there is nothing the examination body can do to help them.
He advised students to always check their registration status using the numerous platforms provided by UNEB to detect problems for redress. Odong asked parents of the affected students to ensure the director who cheated them is prosecuted because he committed a criminal offense.
According to Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB, up to 336,740 candidates are sitting the national examinations from 3,658 centers across the country