23 Kakumiro PLE students will take the maths exam on November 30 | Rare Techy
Twenty-three students who missed their Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) Maths paper at St. Christine Primary School in Kakumiro District will write for the special paper on Wednesday, November 30.
Kakumiro District Schools Inspector Ms Mary Kaifauna said the examination will be held at 9am at Kakuterekera Primary School, about 4km from St Christine Primary School.
“We have agreed with the Uganda National Examination Board (Uneb) because it is close to the candidates’ school. However, we will retain the sitting center as Mpasana Primary School,” Ms Kyofuna said at the weekend.
She said three candidates from the school who were in the group that failed the maths test had already reported to Mpasana Primary School and sat for the test.
“I want to warn teachers and school directors against this kind of carelessness. We have suffered financial losses because of the school director who is still missing,” Mr Kiofuna said.
UNEB Executive Director Mr Dan Odongom said on November 17 that the decision to set the special paper followed consultation between the examination body and Minister of Education Janet Museveni.
“Accordingly, a consultative meeting was held between UNEB and the Ministry of Education chaired by Ms Museveni. In view of the exceptional circumstances where vulnerable candidates missed their examination after meeting the requirements, the board agreed to issue another mathematics paper to the affected candidates,” Mr Odongo said in a statement.
But he cautioned that this is a one-man initiative and should not be set as a precedent.
Mr Deo Ndahayo, a parent from Tuhumwire village in Mwitanzigye sub-county welcomed the decision.
“I am happy to hear that our children will be sitting for another paper. We were worried and lost hope,” Mr Ndahayo said.
Ian Kaweesi, a Primary Seven candidate who missed his maths paper, said Uneb’s decision had given him energy.
“I am going to read the paper and prepare. I lost hope and was thinking of repeating Primary Seven next year,” Kaweesi said.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, St Christine’s Primary School had 440 children from Nursery to Primary Seven. However, by the end of the second term in 2022, the school’s enrollment had dropped to 132.
A source from Kakumiro, who did not want to be named, told Daily Monitor so he could speak freely, the district is seeking close to Shs one million to facilitate the exercise.
Candidates registered at Mpasana Primary School Uneb Center in Mpasana Town Council were prevented from writing their maths paper on November 8 after they arrived one hour and 16 minutes late.
The director of the school, Mr Pascal Asimwe, said there was no vehicle to transport the candidates to the examination centre.
Candidates are allowed to sit for Social Studies only after noon.
On November 16, Kakumiro Chairperson, Mr. Joseph Sentai, petitioned UNEB for special treatment for candidates.