Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has cautioned schools against defrauding government by registering private students as Universal Primary Education (UPE) students
“Such students should be declared as private students and the registration fee paid accordingly. Such an act is act is an offence, and you will be required to pay 100% of the surcharge, in addition to the late registration fees for all the candidates,” said UNEB PRO Jennifer Kalule.
A total of 749,347 Candidates registered for the PLE this year.
According to UNEB Executive Director Dan Odongo, they registered from 14,442 examination Centers, as compared to 14,153 centers last year.
“69 of the registered candidates are inmates from Upper Prison School Luzira. Of these, 13 are females while 66 are males,” he said.
He added that “52% (391,558) of the total candidature are females while 48% (357,789) are males. 79% of examination centers are Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools, with a total of 501,619 candidates”
The Non-UPE centers are 21%, hosting 247, 728 candidates. In total, 70% of the candidates are funded under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Program, while 30% are privately sponsored. (249,041) are non–UPE candidates.
“As a Board, we feel this is a vote of confidence in the government program Universal Education Program for which we would like to commend Ministry of Education and Sports, and the teachers in the UPE Schools,” Odongo said.