By Francisco Bwambale
The Uganda National Examinations Board –Uneb has suspended the registration process for 2020 candidates following the shortening of the school term as one of the measures to counter COVID -19 pandemic.
The move comes at a time when schools were, on Wednesday ordered to close and parents with students in candidate classes advised to submit all necessary requirements for registration as they picked up their children.
The registration process was scheduled to start April 1.
“It will however, be put on hold until schools resume. The board will communicate, accordingly,” a statement from Uneb, reads in parts.
Jennifer Kalule Musumba – the Uneb spokesperson, said the decision was after realising that there panic amongst teachers, parents and student for fear that exercise would lock out some candidates.
Musumba said parents who had already paid registration fees to schools should ensure that they keep their receipts as backups.
She noted that a number of head teachers always cheat parents by collecting registration fees but fail remit the collected monies to Uneb. She added that Uneb had not received any monies from schools as the 32-day closure over coronavirus start.
Musumba however notes that upon reopening registration, parents will be availed with codes to check the status of their children.
In the same development, Uneb has also advised all people accessing their services, which include but not limited to application of equating academic documents; applying for centres; jobs as examiners and scouts and letters of verification of results to use their online; whereas collection of the letters will be strictly on invitation.
President Museveni on Wednesday ordered a 32-day closure for schools, churches and mosques; as well as sports activities.