Ugandan exam results delivered by SMS

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.

Not only has the system been delivered by a local company, but the software it employs РZorilla Рhas been developed by local developers  Digital Solutions Ltd.

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.

via Tabu Butagira, Flavia Nalubega & Mark Kirumira of The Monitor on allAfrica.com, 20 Jan 2010

Tabu Butagira, Flavia Nalubega & Mark Kirumira