By Catherine Apolot
The head teacher of St Andrew Secondary School in Kabimbiri, Mukono District has come under fire for allegedly blocking a pregnant candidate from sitting for her Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations. The exams started on Monday.
In an October 17 letter to the head teacher, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) says that received a complaint from Oliver Nalubowa who alleged that she was suspended by the school administration on grounds that she was pregnant thereby denying her an opportunity to sit for her final O-Level examinations.
“We have received a complaint from Nalubowa Oliver, a student registered to sit S4 exams at your school. Ms Nalubowa reports that you suspended her on grounds of being pregnant thereby denying her an opportunity to sit the final UNEB examinations ongoing country wide,” Primah Kwagala, CEHURD Program Manager told the Head teacher.
CEHURD now demands that the head teacher admits Nalubowa back to class to sit for her final exams with immediate effect or face the law since her actions were illegal and abuse of the candidate’s fundamental human rights guaranteed by Uganda’s constitution.
“This letter is to demand that you admit her back to class to sit her UNEB examinations with immediate effect or face legal action as your actions are illegal and abuse of Ms Nalubowa’s fundamental human rights guaranteed by the constitution of the Republic of Uganda.” CEHURD warned, adding, “We look forward to your reply and a resolution to the complaint immediately.”
We are yet to establish whether Ms Nalubowa has sat any papers.