Minister Muyingo says Let fees defaulters also sit for exams

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The State Minister for Higher Education, Mr. John Chrysostom Muyingo, has warned that school administrators and proprietors who attempt to block fee defaulters from writing their final examinations will be arrested.

Mr. Muyingo told uncoveredug news reporters, “Don’t lock them out because if you do, the consequences may be tough. Many of you will end up in prison.”.

“I want to repeat that please, head teachers, chairpersons of school management committees, and owners of schools, help us to keep our children in school and complete the cycle. None of our learners should be forced out of the examination room just because they have not been able to pay school fees, and I want everybody to comply,” he added.

Speaking to journalists after presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of Prof. Celestino Obua, the newly appointed chairperson of the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), held in Kyambogo on Friday, Mr. Muyingo said all registered candidates must sit for examinations.

Last week, Makindye Chief Magistrates Court ordered the detention of the director of Kisugu High School, Mr. Celestine Kasolo, over confining Senior Four candidates.

The minister’s warning follows recent cases in which some Senior Four candidates, who had failed to pay fees, were blocked from sitting for final examinations, an act that saw the government swing into action.

In conclusion, Mr. Muyingo said all registered candidates should be allowed to write their exams and that Uneb will work with the owners of the schools to ensure that learners don’t access their results until they have cleared all the fees.

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