By Mildred Nambi
More than 3900 primary seven candidates in Nakaseke district have missed their mock examinations allegedly because of lack of funds.
The candidates were scheduled to seat the mock examinations on 14th and 15th of August 2013 in preparation for the final examinations in October this year. However, none of the candidates in the 91 primary schools with UNEB center numbers in the district sat the exams. On Friday 23rd 2013, schools broke off for holidays and pupils were sent back home without end of term report cards.
The chairperson of Nakaseke Head teachers’ Association and member of Nakaseke District Academic board Joseph Mawanda,explains that it was agreed that each candidate pays 15,000 shillings to cater for the printing of the mock examination papers and other expenses in preparation of UNEB exams but unfortunately some parents failed to pay the fees.
Mawanda explains that 76 schools paid some money whereas 15 schools didn’t remit a penny.
He says as a result, Nakaseke District Academic board resolved to suspend Mock Examinations to September 2013 in third term to give parents and schools ample time to clear the fees so that some pupils don’t miss the exams yet they are crucial for their success in UNEB.
Mawanda declined to reveal how much they had collected and how much was needed for printing the examination scripts saying he needed time to consult the board on the matter.
Other officials of Nakaseke District Academic board and head teachers were also reluctant to reveal how much money they had collected.
The LC 3 chairperson Kasangombe sub county James Makande, suspects Nakaseke District Academic board officials mismanaged the mock fees and have resorted to flimsy excuses to hoodwink parents.
He explains the schools collected the mock fees in the first term and handed over the money to the district, but they were shocked to hear that the money was inadequate to cater for the printing costs.
Makande says that he has received information that the board is planning to turn PRE-PLE exams into mock examination scripts so as to cheat parents, which he says they will not accept.
He says they are planning to petition the district council to force the board to refund the money.
Makande says that some parents are also worried that their children could have missed the UNEB registration due to lack of information on the whereabouts of the mocks papers.
He also notes that parents are planning to petition Ezaruku Kazimiro, the Nakaseke Chief Administrative Officer to investigate the board.
However the head of Nakaseke District Academic board and inspector of schools Katamba Kayungirizi, denies allegations of mismanaging the mock examinations fees.