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37 Year Old Among UCE Candidates 2021.

Written by on March 1, 2021

Tony Opio is a native of Otuke District and had dropped out of senior three 14 years ago due to the over two decades insurgency in Northern Uganda. And is among the 4,387 registered candidates for the Uganda Certificate of Education-exams in Lira district.

He is the proprietor of Universal Interlink Company Ltd, a multi-million automobile company. At 37 years, Opio who is believed to have achieved everything one needs in life, says an academic background is key to the management of a flourishing business.

“You know sometimes you are limited especially in departments of accounts because you know we deal with money so at times it is a bit challenging.”

He joined 53 other candidates who registered to sit for UCE with actual papers this week at Lira Townhall that provides an opportunity for any citizen who wishes to continue with studies and sit examination. The mature candidate acknowledges challenges, which come with going back to school at a later age.

“Everything has not been easy and being an adult who has a family and children who go to school so you know balancing family, books and business has not been easy for me. Like for example this morning I was in Kampala for a business meeting so I had to leave Kampala at 3 am this morning for this briefing so it was hectic.”

He is however, optimistic that he will pass well and further his studies the same way he would have done 14 years ago. He advises the young generation to priorities education, saying it’s the only path to success.

This is an example for youngster with an opportunity to go to school today to embrace it, and those who didn’t to not hold back.

Adult education is taking a toll in the past 10 years and gone are the days when older people would give up on going back to school, there have been a great increase in number of people who have enrolled in adult education services or gone back to high school


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