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UNEB Cautions Against Increasing Registration Fees

Dan N Odongo says that schools should specify why they are charging more money instead of rounding it up as lump sum under UNEB fees. Schools need to specify why they are charging more money instead of terming it as UNEB registration fees because this is giving us a bad name yet we are innocent.
21 Feb 2018 23:24
UNEB execuitve secretary Odongo

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The Uganda National Examinations Board has cautioned schools against increasing registration fees for students in candidate classes that hope to sit for national examinations this year.

The examination body made its warning during the release of the 2017 national examinations that took place today at the Office of the Prime Minister Conference hall.

Dan N Odongo says the extra fees that schools are asking for yet terming as registration fees are illegal and are giving the board a bad name.

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According to Odongo, UNEB charges 34,000 shillings, 120,000 shillings and 160,000 for Primary Leaving Examinations, UCE and UACE respectively.   

Odongo says that schools should specify why they are charging more money instead of rounding it up as lump sum under UNEB fees. “Schools need to specify why they are charging more money instead of terming it as UNEB registration fees because this is giving us a bad name yet we are innocent.”

The executive secretary says that if schools want to charge parents for extra costs such as paper and other expenditures associated with candidate classes, they should specify it.

Odongo says that the illegal increase on registration fees might affect the number of candidates that sit for examinations.

"When schools increase fees and parents cannot afford it, they end up making their children sit home instead of registering to sit for the national examinations and eventually sitting for them."

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According to UNEB, the number of candidates that sat for last year's examinations reduced by 2.9 percent compared to 2016 where104,243 registered  for the exams. Only 101,269 registered last year.

Registration of candidates this year will start on the 1st March and the exercise will be carried out on the examination body's online registration platform. The exercise is expected to end on the 31st of May.

Odongo urged all schools to carry out the registration process within the set time frame to avoid paying late registration fees. In cases of late registration, candidates are fined to pay a fine to the examination body. The fine is 50 percent of the allocated registration fees.

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