The minister of Education and sports Janat Kataha Museveni has affirmed that there no any arrangements to give supplementary exams to pupils who missed out on their primary leaving exams.
This comes after the Bunyole west Member of Parliament James Walunswaka on Tuesday asked the ministry to provide supplementary exams to pupils who had been seen in the media from the districts of Iganga and Butambala having missed their PLE examinations after their head teachers failed to register them for the exams.
Minister Janet Museveni while presenting a statement on the matter to parliament, she put the blame on their schools not being registered with examination centers hence there is no any way the ministry could track whether these pupils were registered or not.
She adds that offering pupils additional exams cannot be done as this will set a bad precedent that will allow head teachers to fail to register students because they know they will have another opportunity and says that such exams should be done at the same time to ensure they are accessed in the same manner.
Janet Museveni also noted that they are enacting the UNEB bill that will give heavy penalties to head teachers that fail to register students and hope this will be able to discourage the practice.
However the Bunyole west mp James Walunswaka urged the minister to reconsider her position and said that if its an issue of costs members of parliament were willing to contribute to this noble cause to ensure these children do not miss out on their exams or else many of them who are girls might end up in marriage at such young age.
The deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah urged the ministry to come up with a system which can help pupils to detect whether they have been registered or not which Minister Janet Museveni promised to look into.
In a related development, The Education committee of parliament has started scrutinizing the petition that seeks government intervention into the high fees structures of government aided secondary schools.
The initiative for social and economic Rights (ISER) last year in February petitioned the speaker of parliament over the matter urging parliament to undertake inquiry into the issue of different kinds of fees charged by government aided schools and make recommendations.
The petition further highlights that with the high fee structures, this is a barrier to access education by children from the poor background hence amounting to discrimination and this further defeats the spirit of the country’s vision 2040and the sustainable development goal of leaving no one behind.
Appearing before the committee to further elaborate on the petition, the Executive Director of ISER Salima Namusobya explained that with the irregularities in the fees structures, the schools that tend to pay low fees are compromised in the quality of education the extend to the students.
She further complained of the many requirements asked by the schools that are now turning education in a business than a human right as Angella Nabwowe the programs Director at ISER explains.
The mps sitting on the committee including the Busia Municipality representative Geoffery Macho, Hellen Adoa, Maria Gorreti Ajilongo and the woman mp for Kiruhura Shira Mwine who chaired the session where in support of the petition and agreed that officials from ministry of Education and heads of the different schools in questions be summoned to give their views on the matter before parliament can pronounce its self.
However, the mps Ismeal Olot Kanyumu county in Kumi district and koboko woman mp Margret Babadi defended the schools that charge exorbitant fees given the services they provide to students and that its upon one’s choice to either take the child to these schools or no.