Candidates in Kapelebyong, Serere Miss UCE Exams over Maternity, Imprisonment Among Other Reasons

More than 30 students have not been able to sit for the Uganda Certificate of Education– UCE examination in Kapelebyong, Ngora and Serere districts over various reasons.

Some of the students got married and were pregnant by the time of doing exams, others were sick and some lost interest in sitting for the examination. Other students were reported to have joined private security companies, among other reasons.

In Kapelebyong, 19-year-old Phoebe Arionget failed to sit for the papers after giving birth to a set of twins on Monday. Arionget, a student of Eluru Memorial School in Kapelebyong developed labour pains on Sunday (examination eve) and delivered her twins one hour to the commencement of the first paper. 

Arionget who had wished to joining nursing, said she had been prepared to sit for the examination if chance was given. “I know I would pass that examination but my dreams are now shattered”, she said as she lay in the maternity ward.

She told Journalists in Soroti that she didn’t expect to give birth before or during examinations but was surprised by the labour pains coming on Sunday evening.

But Arionget isn’t alone to miss the national exams in Kapelebyong district. At St. Francis Acumet Secondary School, another student only identified as Omagor took off from the examination centre, just minutes to the commencement of the first paper.

Emmanuel Opio, the Kapelebyong Communications Officer says that the student has since gone stayed. Opio says that attempts to persuade the student to return to school and sit examination were not successful. At least 12 students missed to sit UCE in Kapelebyong district, according to the authorities.

In Serere district, 16 students failed to sit for the examination, according to Peter Ocen, the Inspector of Schools in Serere district. Among the absentees include eight students from Serere Township Secondary School, three from Kyere Secondary School and two students from Serere Secondary School.

Ocen told our reporter that one student was in prison after allegedly killing his father. Some got married and others reportedly joined the Police and UPDF recruitments.

“Some of the students who reportedly joined the armed forces were re-sitting UCE but one student from Serere Township registered twice. “We are still compiling the list since the district has more than 30 secondary schools”, Ocen said.

In Ngora district, Moses Mathew Ocung, the District Education Officer said that six students failed to turn up for the examination. 

Of the absentees, four students are girls who reportedly dropped from school in second term for marriage while a male student from Mukura Memorial School reportedly developed mental illness in the course of the term. 

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