Busiro East County member of parliament hon Medard Lubega Sseggona has brought more trouble to the First Lady and Education minister Janet Kataaha Museveni.
Sseggona brought Janet Museveni to her knees on Thursday as she presented statement before the house regarding over 20 pupils who missed Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) that started on Monday and ended on Tuesday.
Several pupils missed PLE for one reason and the other including non-registration after school administrators allegedly fleeced off with the money.
In her statement to the house, Janet said those who missed the exams are likely not to do them this year.
“Exam process starts with registration of candidates from March in a year and ends in June then preparation of exam setting, moderation, typesetting, printing, packing, distribution and field conduct of the examination papers,” the minister said.
She added: “Candidates of a particular year should be accessed using the same instruments to ensure uniformity in grading. Administering a different examination therefore to a group that did not sit is creating another examination within the main examination. It is not a good practice internationally.”
This infuriated Sseggona who reacted by rising on point of order before accusing the minister for being inconsiderate to pupils who missed the exams for reasons beyond their control.
“As a regulator of these private schools what remedial measures are you taking to compensate those who have been victimized? Don’t assume because there are people who have been victimized there are those who haven’t sat for exams as result of your weak regulations, the question is remedial compensatory measure. Is she [Janet] in order to continue assuming when the facts are there?” Sseggona said.
Janet said that the ministry is going to establish the facts to ascertain how many pupils missed exams and the circumstances under which they missed the exams.
“What we are trying to do is make sure that all children in this country sit for exams at the same time. We don’t prepare for those who don’t sit. We are following up to find out the actual numbers who may not have taken exams,” she said.