Yesterday results of some 513, 219 pupils who sat their Primary Leaving Examinations in 2009 were made known to the public. Over 10% were delivered, for the first time, by SMS.
In December last year, the Uganda National Examinations Board announced that it had contracted a local company, SMS Media Uganda Ltd to distribute results for PLE, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UCE), otherwise called O-level, and its successor Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or A-level. Yesterday was a pioneering, and according to officials, a successful test run.
The traditional system is that once examination results are announced, head teachers of up country schools or their emissaries would request for cash for transport, lodging and allowances and pick a bus ride to the city to collect the results. The new system allows registered users to send a text to the central hub which replies with all results held for that user.