KAMPALA – The ministry of Education and Sports together with the Uganda National Examination Board will tomorrow (Friday, January 17) release last year’s Primary Leaving Examinations at Kampala Parents School (KPS).
This is the first time UNEB will be releasing results outside its premises, Education Ministry Offices or any other designated government facility.
While appearing before Parliament to ask for an increment in the education budget this morning, First Lady Janet Museveni who is also the Minister for Education and Sports was tasked by Budiope West MP Robert Musoke to explain why the PLE results will be released at a private school and not a government institution as has always been norm.
Ms Museveni told Parliament that they were forced to change venues because the hall they normally use is currently not fit to host the event and that the venue at KPS was offered free of charge.
“We are not paying anything to release the results at Kampala Parents. We normally use the President’s Office Hall because we are strictly not willing to pay for halls when we have government halls. However, the air conditioning of the hall we normally use has not been working, and you can’t put people in halls where there is no fresh air,” she said.
“We were looking for other places where we can go and not pay. That’s how we got into Kampala Parents,” she added.
The choice of releasing these results from Kampala Parents School was however questioned by former UNEB Chairperson Lutalo Bossa, who noted that a neutral environment for this function would have been chosen.
In her response to parliament, Ms Museveni said the change of venue could not cause a change in the results being released.
“There is no difference between releasing the results in a private school or government school if we are not paying for the venue. What’s the difference? Nothing,” she said.
Africa Tembelea understands that the results to be released are for about 695,400 candidates who registered and sat for Primary Leaving Examinations last year.
Of these candidates, are those in UPE schools 475,852.
According to Dan Odongo, the executive secretary of the Uganda National Examinations Board, Parents will be expected to pick results of their candidates from their respective schools.