The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has warned schools against inflating examination fees. While addressing the media on Thursday at the Media Centre in Kampala, the Executive Secretary of UNEB, Mr Daniel Odongo said that the registration fees had not been increased at all.
Mr Odongo stressed that if any additional charges must be added by the school for administrative purposes, “the school should clearly explain to the parents, and such dues MUST NOT, in any way, be referred to as ‘UNEB fees/ Registration.”
The Executive Secretary equally called upon parents to be vigilant and not allow to be exploited under the guise of ‘UNEB fees’.
The approved UNEB/ Registration Fees Structure is as follows;
•PLE- Thirty four thousand shillings (34,000/=)
•UCE – One hundred and sixty four thousand shillings (164,000/=)
•UACE- One hundred and eighty six thousand shillings (186,000/=)
Mr Odongo was releasing the roadmap for registration of candidates for the forthcoming national examinations.
The candidates, according to the new calendar will sit for their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) starting March 1, 2021, Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) on March 30 and 31 while the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) will start April 12, 2021.
The registration of candidates started Thursday October 22, 2020 and according to Mr Odongo, will run for five weeks and all schools must ensure that they register their candidates as there will be no extension.
Mr. Odongo also said that unlike usually, this year’s registration will be conducted electronically, a process he believes will take a shorter time.
UNEB has also directed schools to allow students who conceived during the Covid-19 induced long holiday to register for national examinations.
Mr Odongo said the number of students who have conceived this time round is higher compared to the previous years.
He added that these were victims of circumstance and that barring them from sitting the examination will be double jeopardy.