The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has rejected suggestions that candidates who miss examinations after being conned by unscrupulous school management should be given supplementary examinations.
Janet Museveni, also the First Lady, says while the call is in good faith, the Education Ministry’s position is that candidates in a particular year should be given the same examinations, adding that supplementary examinations can only be justifiable in situations like natural disasters.
She was responding to suggestions that pupils who miss examinations after being fleeced by unscrupulous school managers be given supplementary examinations. The minister said administering supplementary examinations will be counterproductive as it will encourage such unscrupulous actions instead of abetting them.
It has been common in recent years that several pupils and students fail to sit examinations after being defrauded by unscrupulous school managers like head teachers and school owners.
Mrs. Museveni encouraged parents and guardians to be vigilant and follow, to the letter, the registration status of their children, including making use of information technology platforms for tracking such processes like phones and websites.
Prof Mary Okwakol, the Chair of Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), reported that use of ICT has greatly improved registration of candidates and administration of examinations.
As things stand, pupils who end up unregistered have to repeat Primary Seven, leading to some dropping out of school altogether.