Police in Mpigi have in custody the head teacher of Kisumba Foundation School, located in Buwama Sub County, Mpigi District, for refusing to register four candidates to sit their Primary leaving Examination (PLE).
According to Karim Majid, the Katonga regional police spokesperson, of the 16 candidates at the school, the suspect reportedly registered only 12 with the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), despite the four paying registration fees of Shs70000 each.
Majid said that investigations revealed that the suspect used the excuse that the candidates were “academically weak” to deny them the opportunity to take their final exams.
“After receiving complaints from the parents that their children had been blocked from writing their final exams, we embarked on a search and arrested the head teacher,” Majid said.
Gerald Katongole, the Mpigi District Inspector of Schools, said that the actions of the head teacher were against Ministry of Education regulations.
“If the head teacher never wanted the candidates to sit the exams from his school, he should have communicated to the parents earlier, other than waiting for the exams time, and now his actions have ruined their future because they have to wait for another year to sit their final exams because of his selfish interests,” Katongole said.
The suspect was arrested at Bunjako Island as he attempted to flee the district by boat through Lake Victoria.
He is currently detained at Buwama Police Station, awaiting prosecution.