By: Farahani Mukisa
Kampala: It is a sombre mood at Masaja Modern Primary School in Kampala. A few pupils are seated in different classes while teachers loiter around the compound. The head teacher is in his office. The school is open for term one.
We intercept a parent heading to the head teacher’s office. “Are you one of the parents whose pupil’s results were withheld?” she retorts in affirmative and walks on. “Do not disturb me, let me first get an answer as to why my child’s results are not out yet,” she says.
A few metres away from the school, Claire Atima Arionget’s mother is worried about her daughter’s future following the withholding of her Primary Leaving Examination results pending investigations by the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb).
“I do not know what to do with my child. I am at a loss on how I am going to meet the double cost for another full year,” Ms Joan Namugai, Atima’s mother, says. “I have talked to the school management but they are simply consoling us. What will that help with the future of our children, I wish I knew this would happen, I could not risk my child’s future,” Ms Namugai says, with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Ms Namugai is one of the parents of the 1,424 pupils’ whose results were withheld by Uneb countrywide. According to Masaja Modern PS head teacher, who preferred anonymity, parents should be patient and wait for the final decision from the national examiner.
“We are very optimistic that the results will be released. We are simply causalities of pending investigations by Uneb,” he said yesterday in an interview. “Why should the public quickly judge our case. We are waiting for Uneb to communicate the final answer,” he added.
Mr Hamis Kaheru, the Uneb spokesperson, said cases of the affected students will be handled in time. “It is not an easy process to conclude because we are yet to set the date for hearing cases of different officials before Uneb decides either to release or not to release the results,” he said. “We shall invite school officials, including chairmen boards of governors, head teachers, pupils, scouts and invigilators at a particular date,” Mr Kaheru said.