By: PATIENCE AHIMBISIBWE
KAMPALA: The Minister of Education, Ms Jessica Alupo, yesterday confirmed that last year’s Primary Leaving examination results will be released tomorrow.
According to Ms Alupo, Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) officials will brief her today afternoon and the release will take place tomorrow at Statistics House in Kampala at 10am.
The release will be followed by selection of Senior One students, an exercise that usually takes two weeks, before candidates can know where they will be placed.
School first term begins on Monday. At least 582,085 pupils sat for PLE last year. Results for 295,494 Uganda Certificate of Education candidates will be expected in February followed by Senior Six results.
This year’s results have delayed after an alleged technical hitch the examining body suffered which interrupted the marking and compilation of results.
The announcement relieves the public of the tension that had mounted after top Uneb officials failed to take responsibility for the delay.
First, the body halted the marking of candidates’ exams, citing lack of funds to for the operation.
The government later released Shs5.2b and work was resumed. There were also reports that computers and scanners had broken down causing panic that this would further delay the release of the 2013 examination results.
While Uneb chairman Fagil Mandy confirmed the reports when the Daily Monitor sought his explanation, the executive secretary, Mr Mathew Bukenya, has since dismissed them arguing that the South African technician who they flew in had come for a routine checkup.
“The top official quoted … gave wrong information and was not speaking on behalf of Uneb. Technically, the optical mark reader used by Uneb cannot crash. The information attributed to the official was a figment of his or her imagination.
It is true that a technician arrived in the country a few days ago to service the scanners but this is a routine maintenance visit,” Mr Bukenya said of Mr Mandy in a statement.
Although Mr Bukenya argued that Mr Mandy does not speak on behalf of Uneb, he did not explain why it has taken long to release PLE results. In the past, PLE results would be released mid-January and subsequently followed by S4 and S6 results to allow candidates report to their respective schools in time for first term.