The Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni has asked parents to show more responsibility for their children by ensuring that the schools that their children attend are registered by the Ministry and Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).
The Minister while officially releasing the 2018 PLE results was informed that 1223 Students had missed the exams because the schools were never registered by the Ministry of Education or UNEB.
Pupils from three schools including Buhrain Primary and Nursery School in Iganga district, Busenga junior school and St Peters primary school in Butambala district missed exams after they were informed that their schools had never been registered.
“As a parent it is your responsibility to ensure that the school your child is attending is a registered one and that your child is registered very early,” she said
Minister Janet said that although it was sad that the pupils had missed their exams due to the mistakes of the school owners, it was impossible to arrange for them a new examination as this violates the UNEB guidelines but also because it will be very costly to arrange a special exam.
“We can only arrange a special exam if there is a natural calamity that stops a bigger number of pupils from sitting the exam which is not the case in this situation. This could have been avoided if the parents had taken more responsibility” she said.
She however announced that there will be a tough crackdown to unregistered schools in 2019.
“No unregistered school will be allowed to operate without a license from ministry of education. The schools will only be allowed to reopen if all the requirements have been fulfilled” she said