Pope Francis SS students protest delayed release of 2023 UCE results

Last year, Pope Francis registered a total of 105 candidates, of whom 76 were their own, while 29 were those who were referred from City High School.

Gulu: A section of students who last year sat for their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams at Pope Francis Secondary School in Gulu City on Monday protested the delay in the release of their results.

The aggrieved students allege that since the results were released by UNEB about two weeks ago, their results have never been disclosed to them by the school authorities.

According to students, they have failed to even access these results online, and when they ask the school authorities, they are always referred to the next few days.

This prompted the protesting students to storm the office of the Gulu city deputy resident city commissioner for Laroo-Pece division, Mr. Peter Banya, seeking his intervention over the matter.

Akera Louise Brenda, one of the aggrieved students, told this publication that she is stranded and stuck because since UNEB released the UCE result on February 14, 2024, she has not been in a position to access her results either online or from the school, thus she has not determined her fate yet.

Stephen Rubangaken, another student, says the delay in getting his result is currently frustrating his plan to join A-level.

Rubanagken lamentably added that his parents have expelled him away from home, accusing him of eating his school fees.

Peter Banay, the deputy resident city commissioner for Laroo-Pece divisions, said his office has received several concerns from parents who are unhappy with what Pope Francis SS is doing.  

However, Atim Fiona Grace, the director of Pope Francis SS, clarified that they were the ones who directed UNEB to block access to the results of their candidates, noticing that some students sat for the examination without paying their school dues promptly.

According to Atim, the intention of blocking the result is to prompt those who have not paid their pending balance to clear, noticing that on many occasions when the student who sat without paying the balances sees his or her result online and finds that he or she has failed, such a candidate will not pay their balances, something that throws school into losses.

Atim is assured that the results are going to be out, possibly by Wednesday this week, since he has been to the UNEB and directed them to now give access because the majority of the defaulters have cleared their balances.

Last year, Pope Francis registered a total of 105 candidates, of whom 76 were their own, while 29 were those who were referred from City High School.

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