Police in Buikwe District are hunting for teacher who allegedly hired 12 secondary students to write Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) for pupils at Sese Bugolo Primary School.
The Ssezibwa Regional Police spokesperson, Ms Hellen Butoto, on Monday said the 12 students confessed that they had been hired by teacher, who has since gone into hiding.
Ms Butoto added that last Friday, the school’s former and current headmasters were arrested and detained at Njeru Police Station, but later released on bond as investigations continue.
The students were on November 4 arrested after being found writing uncoordinated names on the answer sheets against photos that were not matching with those provided by UNEB.
The suspects were from Yield Land, Lugazi Secondary School and Stesa Senior Secondary School.
Police, quoting multiple sources, said the suspects were hired to write the examinations at Shs80,000.
While appearing before Njeru Grade One Magistrate, Ms Immaculate Nyamwenge on November 5, the suspects pleaded guilty, saying they were forced in to the act by some of their teachers.
Earlier, Ms Nyamwenge said the suspects were charged with impersonation contrary to Section 19 of the UNEB Act (1983).
“Since they are children and have all pleaded guilty, they have been cautioned never to involve themselves in the same,” Ms Nyamwenge said, before handing the suspects to their respective parents.
Those whose parents were not around were handed over to the community development officer of Njeru municipal council, who would then locate their parents.