Refund The Fees: Kabale DEO Has Tough Proposal for Schools With Absentee Candidates

Kenneth Sabiiti Baabo, the Kabale District Education Officer has warmed head teachers in the district that register pupils for national exams, who later fail to sit the finals exams that they will be forced to refund the money for the candidates that don’t sit exam.

Sabiti says some head teachers have been in the habit of registering fake students to appear to have higher numbers of candidates.

“They go in the villages and get youths and register them as candidates, to have higher numbers so that their schools don’t lose examination centers,” the DEO said.

He cited such schools as Mukokyi Primary school which registered 15 pupils, five of whom missed the PLE exams of 2018; Kikore Primary School, where they registered 20 candidates and three missed, as well as Rwemihanga primary school who registered 15 candidates and 5 missed the exams.

Sabiiti says all the head teachers whose pupils fail to sit exams will be forced to refund the money.

Moses Bwengye, Tumwesigye the Kabale District Inspector of schools says while the national average percentage of candidates who missed their PLE exams is at 1.8 percent, in Kabale it is at 2.4 percent.

In the district, a total of 81 registered pupils never turned up to do last year’s PLE.

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