UNEB Issues Deadline For Schools To Register Candidates As Education Ministry Cautions Against Hiking Registration Fees

UNEB Issues Deadline For Schools To Register Candidates As Education Ministry Cautions Against Hiking Registration Fees

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Kampala: Schools have five weeks to register candidates for their final examinations, according to Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).

The UNEB Spokesperson, Janipher Kalule, said the schools have five weeks from the resumption of candidate classes on October 15, 2020, to register the candidates to enable the exams body to organize the exercise.

She further revealed that UNEB had already sent schools the E-registration software to kick start the exercise.

However, the Ministry of Education and Sports has warned schools across the country to desist from hiking UNEB fees.

The director of basic and secondary education, Hajj. Ismail Mulindwa revealed that they had received reports that private schools are illegally charging exorbitant UNEB fees to finalists, adding that the ministry was ready to take serious actions against such schools and headteachers, who extort from parents.

“Some selfish directors have become a burden to the parents by charging illegal UNEB fees. If we get any school hiking UNEB fees, we will withdraw the license. If it is a Government school, the headteachers will be held accountable. Such people are frustrating government efforts of making education unaffordable, Mulindwa said.

Mulindwa further called upon parents and candidates to report headteachers to the ministry who have increased registration fees.

According to UNEB, The official fees are sh34,000 for Primary Leaving Education, shs164,000 for Uganda Certificate Education and sh186,000 for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.

Students will be expected to start registering for Uganda National Examinations on October 22 and the process will end on November 20.

The Schools Calendar shows that the briefing of students will be on February 26, and the Uganda Certificate of Education examinations will start on March 1, 2021, to April 6, 2021.

The Executive Secretary for UNEB, Daniel Odongo explained that the briefing of candidates in Primary Seven will be on March 26 and they will later sit for their examinations on March 30 and March 31, 2021, while briefing for Senior Six candidates will follow on April 9 and they will sit for examinations from April 12 to May 3, 20121.

According to UNEB registration structure, primary seven candidates who fail to pay the shs34,000 in time will have to pay an extra 34,000 as a penalty for late registration, which will now total to shs68,000.

Ordinary level candidates will pay Shillings 164,000 while private candidates will pay an additional Shillings 150,000 while Advanced level candidates will pay Shillings 186, 000 and additional Shillings 180,000 for private candidates. Late registration will attract a 50 or 100 per cent surcharge depending on the payment period.

The government closed schools in March this year as part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. However, President Museveni reopened the same on October 15, 2020, only for finalists at all levels.

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