UNEB Speaks Out On Forged Academic Papers

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Some of the affected legislators include Peter Ssematimba, Busiro South Constituency, Isaac Mulindwa Ssozi, Lugazi Municipality, Edward Ssembatya, Katikamu South, Charles Okello Engola, Oyam North and Rehema Watongola, Kamuli Municipality.

The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has distanced itself from blame over Members of Parliament who were recently thrown out of Parliament for lack of academic qualifications.
 
Following a string of MPs losing their seats after their academic qualifications were found wanting, Dr. Tanga Odoi, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission chairperson faulted UNEB and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) for failing to do their job to verify the documents.
 
Some of the affected legislators include Peter Ssematimba, Busiro South Constituency, Isaac Mulindwa Ssozi, Lugazi Municipality, Edward Ssembatya, Katikamu South, Charles Okello Engola, Oyam North and Rehema Watongola, Kamuli Municipality.
 
Dan Odongo, UNEB Executive Secretary, told a news conference in Kampala today that Sematimba did not apply for verification of his O level results, while Mulindwa applied for both O and A'level. The rest requested for O'level verification.  He says UNEB is not responsible for any documents that they may have submitted for nomination after this exercise.
 
//Cue In: As far as UNEB is concerned…
Cue Out:…found to be false//
 
According to Section 5(1) (c) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, an MP must have completed at least a formal education of A-level or its equivalent. The same section under clause 4 mandates UNEB and NCHE to verify or certify any academic document. NCHE is responsible for equating documents got from outside Uganda or qualifications obtained outside the normal education system to the A-level standard.
 
Odongo says UNEB did its job and cannot follow up on what the other agencies are mandated to do.
 
//Cue In: Everybody…
Cue Out:…security organisation//
 
Prof John Asibo Opuda, the NCHE Executive Director, recently said that UNEB is responsible for issues to do with different names on their documents.

 

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