Uneb in financial crisis ahead of O'level exams

Dan Odongo, Uneb executive secretary

Dan Odongo, Uneb executive secretary

Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) is battling financial challenges that might affect the preparation and management of 2020 final examinations. 

According to sources in the examinations body, the board lacks funds to finance a number of activities ahead of the Uganda Certificate Examinations (UCE) scheduled to start on March 1.   

“Everything is not well here. We have not received funds to operationalize the standard operating procedures (SOPs). Management requested for a supplementary, which was recently approved but the money has not been processed,” the source said. 

Adding that, “We have faced a similar situation before when the budget is approved and funds delay or fail to reach the board’s accounts.”

Uneb requested a supplementary budget of Shs 10.4 billion on grounds because of a shortfall in their budget. Some of the outstanding issues are the immediate recruitment and training of more than 35,000 invigilators and scouts. The board also wants to increase the number of marking centres from 30 to 40 to ensure compliance with the physical distancing at the centres in line with the COVID-19 measures. 

Part of the money is also meant to help the board to prepare for eventualities to allow the smooth running of the polls. When contacted for comment, Dan Odongo, the Uneb executive secretary could neither confirm nor deny the financial crisis.  

According to the Uneb, the briefing of UCE candidates will take place on February 26, 2021, ahead of the start of the examinations on March 1.

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