Kabale School Castigated Over Denying Exams To Fees Defaulter

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The female student sought the intervention of the District’s education authorities after the school administration barred her from sitting for her final exams on grounds that she had not cleared her school dues. Nyabikoni secondary school is a private school owned by Rev. Fr. Christopher Busingye.

 
Education Authorities in Kabale district had to intervene to assist a senior four student of Nyabikoni senior secondary school who was denied access to the examination room on grounds that she had not cleared her school dues.
 
The female student sought the intervention of the District’s education authorities after the school administration barred her from sitting for her final exams on grounds that she had not cleared her school dues. Nyabikoni secondary school is a private school owned by Rev. Fr. Christopher Busingye.
 
The student whose name is withheld started the Uganda Certificate of Education exams yesterday and sat for the morning examination with other colleagues. However she was in the afternoon barred from entering the examination room prompting her to seek help from higher authoritie who acted promptly to enable her sit for the paper.
 
The school was later won over and allowed the student to sit for the afternoon paper although she had lost over an hour in the negotiations.
 
This development contradicts a warning by The Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB to all head teachers to desist from stopping fees defaulters from sitting the ongoing Uganda Certificate of Education examinations.
 
Mathew Bukenya, the UNEB Executive Secretary says head teachers must allow such candidates to sit, but negotiate with them on how the fees balances can be paid after the exams.
 
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Grace Munyambabazi an Inspector of Schools with Kabale Municipality says the education authorities intervened into the matter and that the student was allowed to do her exam though she arrived late for the paper due to the inconveniences she went through.

He revealed that the act by schools to stop students from doing exams in very unfortunate and inconsiderate.

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Apollo Barigye the school’s head teacher could not be reached for a comment on the matter.

 

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