Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, to scrap examination fees for candidate classes if he is elected president.
“There is no reason why parents should continue to pay this fee after they have been paying fees for all the years in school. When I become president, I will scrap these fees because it is very Unfair” he said. Mr Kyagulanyi made the remarks at Kiyunga in Luuka District where he held his first campaign yesterday before proceeding to Kamuli District.
Currently, according to figures from Uneb each candidate is charged Shs34,000 for registration for exams and Shs68, 000 for late registration for Primary Seven candidates. For Ordinary Level, a candidate paysShs164, 000 for examination registration and an additional Shs15,000 for each private candidate.
For Advanced Level, registration is Shs 186,000 for each candidate and an additional Shs18,000 for each private candidate. These fees are subject to changes in case one delay to pay because the late © registration fee per candidate for UCE and UACE is 50 per cent of the total registration fee.
According to the Uganda National Examination Board, the money collected
as registration fees are used to facilitate teachers who set examinations, print question papers, mark examinations, pay invigilators as well as facilitate the whole process of enabling candidates to sit their examinations. “It is taxpayers money that pays Uneb © officials and all expenses even during the examinations period. So why should the students pay? Are they taught to be at home or go to school? These are the changes that we will make immediately.
As I have always said we shall increase the salaries of teachers because when they are well facilitated, these fees will not make sense,” Mr Kyagulanyi told voters yesterday.
On the campaign trail in Kamuli District, he promised to give the Speaker of Parliament and Kamuli District Woman -“It is taxpayers’ money that pays Uneb officials and all expenses even during the examinations period. So why should the students pay? Are they taught to be at home or
go to school? These are the changes that we will make immediately,” Bobi Wine
MP Rebecca Kadaga a big position in his government if he is elected president on January 14.
Mr Kyagulanyi said Ms Kadaga has been a good leader but should create space for the young generation to take over the country to steer it in the right direction. “Please tell aunt (Kadaga) that I love her so much and respect her but she should allow the new generation to take over this country and give her a position in my government, she should not worry about that,” he said.