By Ambrose Kweronda
Five students, who were scheduled to sit for their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) Exams in four different secondary schools in Kabale Municipality, did not appear for their exams due to unclear reasons following their earlier registration.
Among the schools affected were Nyabiikon Secondary School, where two students were absent, Excel Secondary School with one absentee, Kabale Secondary School with one missing student, and Trinity College Secondary School, all situated in Kabale Municipality.
Elly Turyasiima, the headteacher of Nyabiikon Secondary School, reported that out of 190 registered students for the final UCE Exams, only 188 were present. The other two missing students, according to Turyasiima, have joined a technical institute. He also mentioned that one of the absent students was reported to be at home, engaged in domestic duties, as per communication with their parents.
At Excel High School in Kabale, the headteacher, Mr. Barigye Apollo, revealed that the school had registered 131 students for the Senior Four Exams, and only one student did not show up for the final exams. Apollo attempted to contact the parents, he was informed that the absent student had left to seek employment and might not participate in the exams.
The headteachers of Kabale Secondary School and Trinity College Secondary School also expressed their confusion about the reasons for the students’ absence. They mentioned that they had contacted the families but were unable to determine the cause.
www.mknewslink.com reporter attempted to reach the parents of the absent students by phone, but their phones were switched off.
As the UCE examinations began, a total of 364,421 candidates commenced their academic journey towards achieving their goals. The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has, once again, issued a stern warning to both schools and candidates, cautioning them against any involvement in malpractice