KAMPALA – The Uganda National Examinations Body (UNEB) has intervened in a matter where 15 candidates at Top Care Secondary School in Iganga District were barred by the school authorities from sitting for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) over school balances.
Despite pleas from the students, their parents and eventually area leaders, the school refused to relent and let the students sit the examinations.
But on Tuesday, the commissioner in charge of private schools at UNEB, Mr George Mutekanga pitched camp at the school to ensure that the affected students sit for their final papers.
On Monday, the RDC, Ms Eva Kwesiga, the district chairperson, Mr Patrick Kayemba, and the DPC, Mr David Ndaula, rushed to the school and engaged the administration for about one-and-a-half hours but the examinations master, Mr Wilson Isiko, stood his ground, triggering wails from the students.
Mr Isiko said the students were warned to clear fees in time but they didn’t heed to the caution.
“We need money to pay teachers and run the school. We asked them to bring their parents and agree on how they will clear our fees balances but they didn’t,” he said.
Speaking on the matter earlier in October 2019, James Turyatemba the Manager, Exam Management at UNEB, said the fate of students who have not completed their tuition fees by the examination period lies in the hands of school authorities.
Initially, the Uganda National Examination Board allowed all candidates to sit their exams but gave the schools discretion to hold on to the results of those whose tuition had not been cleared.