The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has extended the registration deadline for the 2023 national examinations in order to ensure that all eligible candidates have the opportunity to register.
Originally, the deadline for registration was set for May 31, 2023. However, in a statement released on Thursday morning, UNEB has extended the deadline until June 7, 2023, for all levels. The extension provides additional time for parents and head teachers to register all eligible candidates.
Dan Odongo, the Executive Director of UNEB, urged stakeholders to take advantage of this extension and ensure that all candidates are properly registered.
Explaining the reason for the extension, Odongo stated, “UNEB has extended the period of registration to accommodate more candidates that had not been able to register by the end of the initial deadline of 31 May 2023.”
While UNEB did not disclose specific figures for each level, statistics indicated that by the original registration deadline, a total of 1,165,159 candidates had been registered across all three levels.
UNEB also provided an update on the registration progress for the different levels of examinations. For the Primary Leaving Examination (PLE), approximately 96% of the expected centers had completed registration. At the secondary level, 91.2% and 86% of the expected centers had completed registration for the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), respectively.
During the extended registration period until June 7th, schools can register candidates without incurring any additional fees. However, for PLE candidates who register between June 8th and June 30th, a surcharge equivalent to 100% of the registration fees will be imposed. Similarly, UCE and UACE candidates registering during that period will face a 50% surcharge.
In the final phase of late registration in July 2023, all candidates at each level will be subject to a 100% surcharge. It is crucial for schools to note that no candidates will be allowed to register after July 31st. Additionally, schools have been granted the opportunity to make necessary modifications to the submitted data, such as names and index numbers, until July 31st. Importantly, no surcharges will be imposed for these amendments during this period.
The registration process for the 2023 national examinations commenced on April 1st. The prescribed registration fees for each level are 34,000 shillings for PLE, 164,000 shillings for UCE, and 186,000 shillings for UACE.