As celebrations carry on of students who excelled in the just released Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams, the Uganda National Examinations Board has been asked to also think considerately about the thousands who did not receive their results.
The exams body withheld the results of up to 4,525 candidates who its says were involved in examination malpractice.
While UNEB has always withheld exams, this last year’s case was peculiar, owing to reports that exam papers leaked on social media platforms owing to loopholes within the Board.
While commenting on this matter, North West Ankole Bishop Amos Magezi appealed to the exams body to ensure fairness to the affected students.
He stressed that withholding of exams because of someone’s mistake doesn’t affect just the students but also teachers, parents and government.
“I am not in UNEB but they know what they are supposed to do,” said the Bishop. “They should do right and do it to the right people. I would say justice should be done to the people who are supposed to be receiving it.”
Magezi made the call while presiding over the thanksgiving service of Ibanda Kibubura Integrated Primary School over the weekend for their good performance in 2017 PLE.
Speaking at the event, the school Head teacher Kamu Atuzarirwe said the system of withholding students’ results has increased school dropout which will be a problem to the future generation since some of the students do not have money to re-sit for the exams, especially those on bursaries.