UNEB calls examiners to resume marking
Posted Sunday, January 12 2014 at 02:00
The Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) has recalled examiners to report to their respective marking centres to resume marking the national examinations.
The exam marking was suspended two weeks ago due to lack of money.
However, Uneb spokesperson Hamis Kaheru said on Friday the examinations body had received Shs5.2 billion which he said would clear all outstanding balances on the Primary Leaving Examinations and Uganda Certificate of Education marking exercise. He said the money would also be enough to pay for marking of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education examinations.
He added UNEB had been promised another Shs1.3b next week to conclude its work.
“Marking of the 2013 UACE examinations is about to commence. All UACE examiners should report to marking centres on January 11. The rest of the examiners should report on January 13. We have received some funds today (Friday) to enable us start the marking exercise. We shall put in extra hours to make up for the lost time but we shall not be able to release the results at the usual time,” Mr Kaheru said in a statement on Friday.
The PLE results are expected to be out by January 30 and UCE results by end of February. Mr Kaheru said Uneb will on Monday request the Ministry of Educations to extend the opening of first term beyond February 4 to reduce the pressure on the examiners.
“Uneb will request the ministry to review the reporting date for first term to allow time schools and parents prepare for the reporting of Senior One and Senior Five students after the late release of results and also prepare for the selection exercises for these classes,” Mr Kaheru said.
The new development leaves the other three bodies handling examinations of technical and nursing training institutions still struggling with shortage of funds to run their activities.