Legislators on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have today expressed their disappointment over the delayed appointment of an Executive Secretary for the Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board (UAHEB).
During a hearing on Thursday March 25, 2021, Members of Parliament learned with great dismay that the board which is in charge of examining health institutions has for two years now operated without a substantive chairperson.
The former Deputy Executive Secretary, who is now the Ag.Executive Secretary, Joseph Agondua told legislators that he has been serving in that portfolio since November 2019 when Kato Kimoga (RIP) retired.
“At one point, they were discussing the appointment of a substantive Executive Director but then, from last year when the idea of the merger of examination boards in other agencies came up, they said it will not be fair for them to go ahead and appoint a substantive chairperson,” said Agondua.
“It was anticipated that the merger would take place may be from July this year and so they extended my acting position to July this year,” he added.
Asked by PAC Deputy Chairperson Okin Ojara on what UAHEB plans to do supposing the anticipated merger does not affect their board composition or does not materialize, Agondua responded, “I am not sure, maybe until the board also gets tired of waiting.”
PAC Chairperson Nathan Nandala Mafabi requested for minutes pertaining to the above discussions.
UAHEB was established by the Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) Act of 2008 to streamline, regulate and coordinate examinations and awards in various health disciplines.
UAHEB documents indicate that a total of 15,178 candidates from 161 examination centers sat for exams in the 2018/19 Academic Year. These were examined in 27 programmes under the categories of Higher Diploma (7), Diploma (16) and Certificate (4) categories.
The same documents indicate that there was a notable increase in candidature during the 2018/19 Academic Year of 2,530 students considering only 10,930 candidates who sat in 2016/17.
Last year, a total of 18,322 Semester One candidates were examined amid the Covid-19 pandemic which took a toll on their Non-Tax Revenue (NTR) projections.
“The budgeted internal revenue (Notice To Reader) was Shs 3,833,430,000 (three billion eight hundred thirty-three million four hundred thirty thousand shillings). However, due to the lock down as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic this could not be realized,” Agondua told PAC.