Several students under the Universal Secondary Education program in Kabarole district were admitted without minimum qualifications.
A team led by the Western Regional Internal Security officer and officials from the ministry of education and District Education Department discovered the anomaly during ahead count of USE students in the district on Wednesday.
At St. Joseph Technical Institute in Virika, 50 out of the sixty students government is sponsoring under the Universal Post Primary and Education Training (UPPET) were admitted without sitting PLE while others had fake documents.
Sine 2006, government has been paying for the students in various courses including motor vehicle mechanics, Brick laying and tailoring. Officials of the St Joseph Institute failed to produce academic documents of the students when asked by members of the verification team.
They claimed that they had lost keys to the office of the academic registrar where the student's documents are kept.
This prompted the Regional Internal Security Officer Jones Mugabirwe and the District Education Officer Victoria Rusoke to temporarily suspend the UPPET program at the institute until investigations are carried out.
The Principal of the Institute, Edison Mirembe said that he was not aware of the anomaly. Mirembe said he joined the institute last month when the students had already been admitted.
The students told the officials that some of them had not completed Primary Seven while others confessed that they used academic documents of their relatives or friends to get admitted at the institute.
At Mpanga Secondary School, thirty students in Senior One were also found to have fake academic documents while in Senior Two there were 350 students instead of 300 as it was indicated on the list of the Ministry of Education officials.
According to Rose Kayezu an official from the Ministry of Education and Sports the head count was aimed getting rid of cases of