UBOS HOUSE – State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysestom Muyingo, has refuted reports that Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) under marks some Kampala schools.
He says that such reports are baseless aimed at undermining UNEB’s image.
“We are beginning to hear stories that UNEB under marked certain schools which is not true,” he said adding that “my prayer is that this doesn’t get into our students’ minds because some will start relaxing,” says the minister.
The minister also expresses concern on ‘irresponsible’ use of social media saying someone just sits on a cup of Malwa and comes up with a false story about UNEB that goes viral and is believed by many.
Minister Muyingo says good results are not a preserve of Kampala schools, but rather a result of hard work
“I have noticed that where the parents actively participate in the education of their children, results are visible but if they stay back, things aren’t good. It’s too early to abandon children at this level,” he warns and that the performance would have been much better if parents played their role in the education of their children.
On social media allegations that UNEB under marks Kampala schools, Prof Okwakol says UNEB does not use a grading system that takes advantage of any category of schools in any part of the country.
Prof Okwakol says only one standardised marking scheme is used by all examiners in a particular subject. The board also adopted a conveyor belt marking system, where a candidate script is marked by a group of examiners
Dan Odongo the UNEB general secretary has warned schools intending to charge exorbitant charges and asked parents to report to such cases to UNEB.
“Any school that is charging students extra money when they come to collect their results is doing so illegally,” he said.
Education and Sports Minister Janet Museveni says that a report by UNEB reveals that teachers teach theoretically leaving students not conversant with practicals.
“We also can never forget that there is a parent’s role in education. Some try though others do so by paying extra, keeping them at school for coaching which makes them so tired and causes them to just cram rather than understand,” she said.