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What next for PLE candidates whose results were withheld by UNEB?
Dr Patrick Odongo Olwedo whose daughter was among the over 2,500 pupils from 26 schools countrywide whose results the Uganda National Examinations Board withheld over cheating and other exam malpractices, is considering taking legal action against his daughters' school, and UNEB.

Dr Patrick Odongo Olwedo's child sat the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations at Seeta Parents Primary School in Mukono district. But after the results were released last week, instead of rejoicing for his child, Dr Olwedo was sad. His daughter was among the over 2,500 pupils from 26 schools countrywide whose results the Uganda National Examinations Board withheld over cheating and other exam malpractices.   

Dr Olwedo travelled all the way from Amuru district in Northern Uganda where he works, to seek an explanation from the school administration. Now he is considering seeking court redress to get damages and compensation from the national examinations body and Seeta Parents Primary School.

 

But where does all this leave Olwedo's daughter and other pupils whose PLE results were cancelled?

 

Professional counsellors advise the parents and their affected children not to panic to avoid depression.A counsellor Sam Ssetumba says in this situation, the parent must encourage their child to repeat the class showing him or her the advantages of doing so.

 

According to Friday Roberts Kagoro who is a lawyer, the Uganda National Examinations Board is legally answerable for the malpractices and failure to detect and supervise the exams.Kagoro argues that learners should not pay the price for someone who failed to do their job but educationist Fagil Mandy disagrees.However, Mr Fagil Mandy, who is a former board chairman of UNEB says the exams body is not to blame but it's the teachers and pupils who did not adequately prepare for the exams, hence the need to cheat.

If indeed Dr Olwedo petitions court, it would not be the first time UNEB issued for cancelling or withholding the results of final national exams.In 2015, UNEB lost a case where the court ruled in favour of Kabiito Primary School and other schools that had sued over the cancellation of their results.