Uganda National Examinations Board [Uneb] has appointed Daniel Nokrach Odongo as the new Executive Secretary to replace, Mathew Bukenya, in April 2016.
Bukenya’s 20-year reign as Uneb executive secretary is set to come to an end at the expiry of his contract in March.
Bukenya, whose contract expired last year but extended to allow him complete the examination cycle, is set to retire on March 31, 2016.
“The process of replacing Mr Bukenya is ongoing. The board decided to vary that in the view of the fact that we are in the middle of processing and releasing results of PLE (Primary Leaving Exams), USE and UACE. So it was decided that the sitting executive secretary completes the cycle of these examinations so as to enable a smooth transition. So his term has been extended to the 31st of March. So come 1st of April we should have a new executive secretary”, Prof Mary Okwakol, the UNEB chairperson said.
Prof Okwakol however declined to divulge details of the recruitment exercise for Bukenya’s replacement.
Bukenya has served at UNEB since 1997.
His replacement, Mr. Dan Nokrach Odongo, has been serving the examination body as the Deputy Secretary – Secondary Examinations Department.
The board embarked on a process to replace him but it was halted after a whistle blower wrote to the Inspector General of Government, accusing the then board chairperson, Fagil Mandy of usurping the powers of the committee.
Mandy was also accused of favouring John Bosco Ntangaare, whom he reportedly unusually awarded up to 90 percent compared to other members on the panel.
As a result, Bukenya’s contract was renewed for two more years which eventually forced Mandy to quit his position.