Bukedea PLE candidates relocated over floods

Primary Seven candidates from Kamutur Sub County in Bukedea district have been relocated to Kolir Sub County because of bad roads and flooding in their classrooms.

The sub county has a single examination center at Kamutur Primary with 58 candidates.

However, the candidates have been relocated to Kolir Primary school in Kolir Sub County, where they are expected to write their Primary Leaving Examinations on Monday and Tuesday. The candidates will be required to sleep at Kolir Primary school during the exams because it is over 10 kilometers away from Kamutur.

The Bukedea District Education Officer, Michael Otur, said parents will have to meet the cost of feeding the candidates.

He said that the decision to relocate the candidates was taken upon realization that most roads to the sub county had been cut off by floods.

“We had no choice but to relocate these children to safer environments than Kamutur which is full of disaster, all the classes are full of water including the UNEB center where they are supposed to sit for the exams,” he said.

He says the decision to relocate the candidates was agreed upon by the district in consultation with Uganda National Examinations board-UNEB to avoid the inconveniences that may arise during the transportation of the examination papers to the sub county.

Otur said during the mass immunization exercise, vehicles got stuck on their way to the sub county to deliver vaccines. He however, said the relocation of the candidates to a new environment may affect their performance.

Jackson Ojakede, the Kamutur Sub county LC III chairperson, says the education in the area has been impeded by the poor roads affected by floods.

Samuel Owinyi, a parent from Tajar parish said the district conducted a meeting with the parents who told them that their children would be relocated.

He said the district officials asked the parents to contribute Shs 20,000 for each child for transportation from Kamutur Sub County to Kolir sub Cub County.

This year, about 695,793 candidates expected to sit for PLE from 13,475 centres across the country compared to 671,923 from 13,072 centres in 2018.