Examination Bodies Struggle to Operate on Meagre Funding

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Paul Amoru, the Public Relations Officer of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board says the situation has not been easy

Examination Bodies in different fields are struggling to operate due to limited funding from government. This year, all the major examination bodies delayed to release results because of financial challenges. They are; Uganda National Examinations Board, Uganda Business And Technical Examinations Board, Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board.
 
UNEB, the mother board has been struggling since late last year due to funding shortfalls. Reports emerging from UNEB show that senior six examiners have not been paid, despite the fact that we couldn’t independently verify the claims. The lack of funds delayed the release of PLE, UCE and UACE results. Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board just released its results on Monday, over a month late.
  
The delay is attributed to lack of funds. Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board is yet to release the promotional results, a week to the opening of the new semester. Paul Amoru, the Public Relations Officer of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board says the situation has not been easy. Amoru says since UBTEB was formed in 2011, their budget has been stagnant despite that fact the number of candidates keeps growing each year.

He says out of the 6.3 billion they budgeted for only 3.5 billion was approved by the education ministry. He says this has greatly affected their work since the funds collected from students as examination fees are not enough to sustain the board;

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Amoru however says there are indications that they will receive more funding in the 2014/201 financial year. Kato Kimoga, the Executive Secretary Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board says the situation is not any different at his board. He says out of a budget of over five billion shillings they budgeted for, only 3.2 billing shillings was approved.

He says it has hasn’t been easy to process promotional examination for first year students. Kimoga says students are reporting for the second year next week yet promotional examination results are not out year. He says they always make sure the little funds are used for organizing examinations at the expense of other programmes.

Kimoga says the board is desperately waiting for the fourth quarter release so that results can be released before the beginning of the semester;

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Both UNEB and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board officials have not yet commented but are also facing similar challenges. Jessica Alupo, the Minister of Education and Sports has acknowledged the problem of funding to the boards. Alupo says it has not been easy for the examination Boards to run with meager funds.
 
Alupo however says the situation will change in the next financial year. She says her ministry together with ministry of finance will increase the funding for all the examination bodies for better delivery of the examination processes.

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Alupo says with increased funding, it is hoped that the boards will deliver timely examinations at all levels and there will be no more delayed release of results.