HOIMA – Panic engulfed teachers; parents as well as pupils of St. Christine Primary school in Kakumiro district after none could access their results – following the official release of the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE outcomes on Friday.
Uganda National Examinations Board – Uneb released the 2022 PLE results on Friday indicating an improvement in overall performance compared to the last two years.
Uneb advised candidates, parents as well as other interested parties to access results through the Short Message Services – SMS system via mobile telecom networks at cost. The technique is done by typing PLE – a space – candidate’s index number – and sending to 6600, costing Ugx500.
But for interested parties of St, Christine Primary school efforts to access the results were unsuccessful – causing anxiety as many concluded that Uneb could have withheld their results.
It should be recalled that candidates of this same school had missed writing their Mathematics paper during their PLE on November 8 after arriving over one hour late contrary to the Uneb regulations. The affected candidates had registered at Mpasana primary school Uneb centre – about 15kms away from their learning centre. It’s said that the school authorities had failed to transport the candidates to the Uneb centre – leaving them to cover the 15 kms’ distance on foot. However, on the candidates sat for the remaining papers.
Uned – though an investigation discovered the school administration had erred in retaliation to parents’ refusal to meet the transport costs towards their children’s movement to the designated Uneb centre in order to write the Mathematics final paper. And as a remedy – Uneb and the line ministry administered a special mathematics paper for the candidates – in order not to affect their education cycle. And indeed the affected candidates wrote the special paper on November 30 – at Kyakuterekera Primary school – about 4km from St. Christine primary school – another centre under Mpasaana primary school.
Doreen Karungi, one of the candidates, noted that she had tried checking for her results several times but had failed.
“I tried, my father too tried severally to access the results in vain,” said Karungi, who looked puzzled.
Andrew Mugisa, another candidate was worried that Uneb could have withheld their results since all the candidates who sat for the exam under Mpasana centre – including those in the government-aided school – hadn’t been in position to access their results.
Sylvia Atuhaire, another candidate explained that she severally tried to access the results using her index number and other details in vain. Deogratius Ndahare – a parent said he was disturbed after several attempts to check the results for his son – yielded nothing while Juddy Tindimuyeba, another parent requested the Education authorities to come up with a clear communications regarding the situation.
Pascal Asiimwe, the head teacher St. Christine Primary school said in an interview on Friday evening that he too, hadn’t been able to access the results of the candidates.
Teopista Namayanja – the head teacher Mpasana Primary school, the PLE Uneb centre where the candidates had sat for their exams, too said that she had failed to access the results of both – St Christine and Mpasaana primary schools.
The Kakumiro district Inspector of schools – Mary Kyofuna had a similar narrative – revealing that Uneb had advised her to be patient. She said Uneb officials had told her that the problem could be attributed to slow network connectivity. She noted that out of the 4,334 candidates who wrote the exams in the district – she had accessed results for only 2,000 candidates.
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