By Gloria Nakajubi
Barely months to the exit of UNEB’s long serving secretary, Matthew Bukenya, it’s hard to find a replacement to match his caliber, according to officials.
Bukenya who has served the body for the last 16 years was given a year’s extension that runs out in January next year.
UNEB chairman, Fagil Mandy, has said that the task of replacing Bukenya is a very challenging one given his extra-ordinary credentials that have proved so hard to match.
“This man sleeps in the printing room during examination period and this is not because the Board puts him under pressure but because of the commitment he has attached to his job and his desire to maintain the standards,” Fagil said.
He described Bukenya as a very good accountant who has humility, honesty and simplicity despite his position.
“The Board is therefore faced with a challenge of finding an equally of even better worker who is straight forward and on the ground just as Bukenya has been,” Fagil added.
Fagil was speaking during the inauguration of the eighth UNEB team, a 26-member team that is supposed to serve for a three-year term.
He called on the new board to ensure that the legacy that has been set by the previous boards is enhanced rather than trashed and this can only be done through hard work and commitment.
The members are drawn from the ministry of education, National curriculum development Centre, Directorate of education Standards, Education Service Commission, Public Service Commission, Public Universities, representatives of primary and secondary schools, members of the public among others.
Education Minister, Jessica Alupo, called on the new team to exercise their powers in line with the law. She warned that no one will be tolerated if caught in contravention with the laws that govern the body.
Alupo noted that examinations nowadays attract incessant litigations and for that matter the board should operate within the law to avoid any shortcomings.
Bukenya noted that he believes the new board is of the right composition and members qualify to take up the assignment and given the nature of their operations, they needed members with high levels of integrity.
He said the issue of examination leakages that had tainted the image of the board for so many years was now history and therefore tasked the new members to emulate the same.
“People are very sharp nowadays and will take advantage of any slight loophole in the system, so each year the board has to come up with new strategies to enhance the system,” Bukenya said.
Bukenya asked government to increase funding to the body saying that they are always held back on implementing certain intervention due to inadequate funding.