Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) is planning to increase by 5 per cent the examination registration fees for Primary Seven, Senior Four and Senior Six candidates.
In the current structure, Primary Seven candidates are paying Shs14,000, Senior Four Shs80,000 and Shs85,000 for Senior Six. This structure has been operational since 2009.
However, despite these fees structures, schools, especially privately-owned, are charging candidates highly.
Uneb general secretary Mathew Bukenya said they submitted the new changes to the minister and only wait for approval to increase. “Uneb’s main resources come from registration fees and if we are carrying out the real unit cost of conducting the exams, that money must be met by the parents,” Mr Bukenya said.
He added that the current fees paid by candidates is not enough for setting, marking and processing the examinations which has left the board in a financial crisis to the extent of delaying the release of the examinations. “We cannot always wait for government to release funds for us to operate, if this had been done properly, we would not have had all these delays in releasing the exams because money would have come at registration of candidates,” Mr Bukenya added.
Teachers have welcomed the new move but tasked Uneb to implement the same charges on the payments made to the examiners.
Source: Daily Monitor