Fees Defaulters Could Miss National Exams

1917 Views Mbale, Eastern Region, Uganda

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A visit to selected schools in Mbale indicates that most of the students sitting for their final exams have not fully cleared their fees. Some of them have made partial payments while others have not deposited any amount for the final school term.

Head teachers in Mbale Municipality still insist that students whose fees balances are not cleared to zero could be thrown out of the ongoing national examinations.

This' despite an appeal to head teachers to let school fees defaulters sit for the exams that started today with the physics (practical) paper.

A visit to selected schools in Mbale indicates that most of the students sitting for their final exams have not fully cleared their fees.  Some of them have made partial payments while others have not deposited any amount for the final school term.

Sam Kuloba the head teacher of Mbale Senior Secondary School says 30 students out of 693 registered students have not cleared school fees. Mbale SSS, a government aided school, charges 250,000 for O-level students. Kuloba said the school has tentatively allowed the students to sit today's papers while waiting for clearance of outstanding balances before the final papers.
 
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Another 20 students are threatened at Mbale Progressive Senior Secondary School for the same reason. The private school with a candidate class of 320 students, charges 200,000 per term.

Robert Mukamba, the Head teacher Mbale Progressive Senior Secondary School said that about 20 students who have not cleared fees were left to sit for the papers with a warning. He says only one student missed today's papers because of the assumption that they would not be allowed to sit for exams before clearing balances.
 
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At Nkoma Secondary School- a government secondary school implementing Universal Secondary Education Programme, all the 700 students have been cleared to sit for the final examination.

Mwesigwa Yakoub, the Head teacher Nkoma Secondary School says their clearances involve returning borrowed text books and getting the identity card but not school fees.
 
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Up to 323, 129 started their Uganda Certificate of Education - UCE examinations today from 3,453 centers across the country. Altogether, a total of 1,068,224 candidates will be examined this academic year in both Primary leaving examinations-PLE, UCE and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education-UACE.