By Prossy Kisakye
The Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) is seeking for an additional Shs10.5 billion to conduct examinations in fulfillment of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set up to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The request was made by Dan Odongo, Executive Secretary UNEB while appearing before Parliament’s Budget Committee to defend the supplementary budget request.
Odongo defended the supplementary funding arguing that before the pandemic, the Board required spacing of 1.2 meters but this distance has to be adjusted to 2m meters to conform with the SOPs, a development that would require more invigilators to cover the additional rooms to be used.
For Primary Leaving Examinations that will be conducted in 2 days, UNEB plans to hire additional 19,910 invigilators with each fetching Shs48,500 bringing the total to Shs1.931 billion.
In Uganda Certificate Examinations, UNEB plans to hire additional 8,703 and each would be paid Shs48,500 bringing total to Shs5.909 billion while UACE will need 4,747 invigilators to oversee average 10days of examinations at a cost of Shs2.302 billion.