First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni has instructed the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education & Sports and the Executive Secretary UNEB to investigate schools that denied senior six candidates exams.
On Monday, 15 students of Top Care Secondary School in Iganga municipality were barred by the administration from sitting for the History Paper 3 examination.
Another student from King of Kings Secondary School also in Iganga was barred from sitting the first paper of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations over uncleared fees balances.
District officials had to intervene to force the administration allow the students to sit for the subsequent examinations.
On Tuesday, officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports led by George Mutekanga, the assistant commissioner in-charge of private schools, stormed the school to have the affected students sit for their exams.
The Iganga Resident District Commissioner [RDC], Eva Kwesiga, told Daily Monitor that a number of well-wishers have started contributing the Shs3.6 million that is owed to the school.
The Indian Association of Uganda contributed Shs 800,000 to help and clear fees balances for the students.
The students, however, requested Uganda National Examinations Board [UNEB] to give them supplementary exams for the paper they missed.
Today, Wednesday, Janet said she received reports of students who missed writing their final UNEB exams on account of their schools’ refusal to allow them to sit exams because of school fees balances.
“This is against standing government policy,” the first lady pointed out.
She said no school administrator is allowed to stop Any UNEB registered candidate from sitting his/her final exams because of unpaid school fees balances.
According to Janet, exam results of the candidate can be withheld by the school administrators until he/she has cleared all outstanding fees.
“I have accordingly instructed the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education & Sports and the Executive Secretary UNEB to investigate this matter and take the necessary action,” she added.