The Indian community in Uganda has paid school fees for the 15 students who were stopped from sitting for their Ugandan Advanced Certificate of Education examinations by the school management.
There were tears at Iganda Top Care Secondary School in Iganga Municipality on Monday when 15 senior six candidates were stopped from sitting for the UACE exams over uncleared fees balances.
However, the Indian community in Uganda has announced that they have paid school fees for all the 15 candidates.
“We have already paid the money. The money has been sent to the school. We have paid for 16 students,”Sanjiv Patel, the Indian Association spokesperson told the Nile Post on Tuesday afternoon.
“It is everybody’s responsibility to see no Ugandan loses his or her opportunity when it is not his or her fault. If the parents have made a mistake, it should not be the child to suffer.”
The Indian community spokesperson said because Ugandans are known to be charitable people around the country, this is should be a lesson to always help those in need.
“Ugandan hearts are more charitable than many other people in Africa .The kids should not have suffered in such a manner. We should see our children crying. There is need to help them,”Sanjiv said.
When asked on reports that the Indian community had offered a scholarship up to university, Sanjiv said that would be catered for after the first handle of sitting and passing UACE exams is done away with.
“That (scholarship for university) will be later if they are eligible. We will help them for scholarship through the Indian High Commission if they are eligible.”
As other senior six candidates around the country begun their final UACE exams on Monday, the 15 students were not allowed to set foot in the examination room for defaulting on fees payment.
Despite pleas from the students, their parents and eventually area leaders including the Resident District Commissioner, Eva Kwesiga, the school refused to relent and let the students sit the examinations.
“But why have they done this to us? Why have they made our studies a waste? It was very unfair,” Huzeifah Buluma wondered as he broke into tears.
As the students broke into wails at a wasted year and possibly ruined future, angry Ugandans took to social media and through phone calls to express their displeasure.