Lira District Education Authorities have threatened to pursue tough action against some schools in Lira who are denying the senior four candidates their right to sit for UNEB papers for defaulting fees.
Lira district senior education officer, Jaspher Abura, said his office has got information that three private secondary schools in Lira tried to prevent students from sitting for exams saying it was uncalled for.
Abura made the revelation on Wednesday afternoon at Omito primary school, Lira Sub County while presiding over the commissioning of sanitary facilities constructed by Devine Waters Uganda at a cost of Shs24m.
The UCE Examinations started on the 12th October 2015 with Physics Practical.
He said school directors do not have authority to deny candidates right to sitting UNEB examination papers.
He says the issues of UNEB examination is an agreement between the student and UNEB, so “school authorities should only wait to withhold the results when UNEB finally releases them”.
The tough taking education officer warned these school authority to prepare for tough times ahead because as education department they shall be compelled to take very serious actions, though he did not single out specific actions that shall be taken.
He applauded Devine waters Uganda for constructing the sanitary drainable facilities and that the school should improve in education performance since they now have better learning facilities.
The district health inspector Lira, Innocent Opio, in his deliberation said the Lira sub county is the only sub county with the highest water coverage and latrine coverage for schools.
The Executive Director of Devine waters Uganda, Edwine Okabo, while speaking at the same function said that 65% of pupils escape from schools in ten days which has contributed to low academic performance.
The head teacher of Omito Primary School, Martin Opio, said many development projects are coming to their school because of better coordination between the school and development partners.
He called upon the district to weigh in and help in construction of teachers houses because it is one of the major obstacle facing them.
Teargas in Fort Portal
On Monday, tear gas rocked Mpanga government aided Senior Secondary school in Fort Portal town after senior four students went on strike over missing index numbers.
The students were denied index numbers for failing to pay Shs 20, 000 for the purchase of the school bus and other requirements.
Rwenzori sub region Police spokesperson, Bakari Muga Bashir, said the angry students then stormed the office of the head teacher identified as Musa Kizito and attempted to lynch him.
The exams only started at 1:00pm after anti-riot police swung into action by firing live bullets and teargas to disperse the protesting students.
The Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Matthew Bukenya, had earlier warned the school heads against barring students from doing examinations because of failure to complete the school dues.