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    Back To School: MoE Releases Timetable For Continuing Learners. 2020 Academic Year To End In June 2021…

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    Semi candidates in P.6, S.3 and S.5 will report back to school on 1st March 2021 to study for 14 weeks, the Ministry of Education and Sports has confirmed. Their term will then end on 21st May, 2021.

    The ministry has also programmed that P.4 and P.5 classes will report back on 6th April 2021 after PLE. They will study for 8 weeks to end their term on 4th June, 2021.

    Pupils in P.1, P.2 and P.3 will report back to school on 7th June 2021, and they will study for 8 weeks to end their term on 24th July, 2021.

    Students in S.1 are expected back in school on 12th April 2021. They will study for 14 weeks and their term ends on 3rd July, 2021.

    S.2 students will report back on 31st May 2021. They will study for 10 weeks and break off on 24th July, 2021.

    The official statement from the Education Ministry indicates that students from Technical Vocation Education and Training Institutions, Primary Teachers Colleges and National Teachers Colleges shall report back starting March 1st, 2021 and follow a shift system to ensure that the COVID-19 SOPs are strictly observed.

    The Ministry has also instructed Universities and other Tertiary institutions to follow a shift system as they report back on 1st March 2021.

    According to a circular from Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education, the academic year for 2020 is expected to end in June 2021 and thereafter, a new calendar will be rolled out.

    By Baron Kironde

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    We Had To Upgrade: MUK Director Explains Why Makerere Phased Out Some “Irrelevant” Courses…

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    Director of Quality Assurance at Makerere University, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya

    Makerere University has phased out 18 undergraduate courses in what the institution says is a move to produce quality graduates.

    According to the Director of Quality Assurance at Makerere University, Dr. Vincent Ssembatya, the university is reorganizing to match the changing academic environment.

    Reports have also indicated that the institution found some courses irrelevant, therefore urging the need to scrap them off.

    The management of Makerere University accordingly announced this week that the university will not advertise over 18 restructured programs for the academic year 2021/2021.

    Last year in August, the council approved re-structuring of 20 undergraduate programmes aiming at reducing 82 courses to 62 starting with the intake of August 2021.

    Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the director of quality assurance, emphasised still that the aim was to enhance quality at the university and spur research since the university wanted to increase the percentage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students from 35% to at least 40% of the total enrollment.

    Makerere had also aimed at increasing the proportion of graduate students from 10% to 30%, support curriculum that leverages research in the university and reduce duplication.

    “We are going to be research-led and focus more on graduate training. Our curriculum is going to face more in the direction of science and technology to the level of about 40%. The country will not thrive without these disciplines. For every 10, 000 students admitted at the university each year, 4,000 will be graduate students,’’ Dr Ssembatya quoted in August, 2020.

    Now, the university says, over 18 re-structured courses will not be advertised starting this August Intake.

    In the letter dated 29th March 2021, the council has further reminded Principles of Colleges to submit curricula for the re-structured programmes for consideration by the senate as soon as possible and not later than 15th May 2021.

    The restructured programmes will include:

    Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences

    Bachelor of Archives and Records Management

    Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

    Bachelor of Community Psychology

    Bachelor of Industrial and Organizational Phycology

    Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics

    Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Engineering

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

    Bachelor of Environmental Science

    Bachelor of Science in Meteorology

    Bachelor of Development Studies

    Bachelor of Adult and Community Education

    Bachelor of Business Statistics

    Bachelor of Science in Population Studies

    Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics

    Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Health and Management

    Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Land Use and Management

    Bachelor of Science in Horticulture

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    UCE: Student Attempted Suicide After Maths Paper – UNEB…

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    The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has reported an incident where a teenage senior four student attempted to end his own life after being so frustrated with how he had written the maths exams.

    “A student attempted to commit suicide after the math paper in Arua. He is currently undergoing treatment,” UNEB reported.

    According to UNEB, no major incidences have been recorded, except for the latest incident where a person was arrested after he was caught vending fake examinations in Kampala.

    According to UNEB, all pregnant candidates have been allowed to do exams, and a number of them are doing. Six live births and one stillbirth have been registered during the exercise so far.

    Four mothers of the live births and the stillbirth have been able to do exams. Breastfeeding mothers have also been able to do exams with an extra 45 minutes because they have to breastfeed, UNEB confirmed.

    By Baron Kironde

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    They Used My Son And Abandoned Him – Bebe Cool Curses M7’s Gov’t, Wants UNEB To Design A Special Exams Timetable For National Team Players…

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    Bebe Cool with son Alpha watching a Uganda Cranes match at Namboole

     

    Singer Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool has cried out loud to the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) under the Ministry of Education and Sports to consider organising special papers for all those students who missed the final Senior 4 papers away on national duty.

    Others, particularly those on the U-17 team departed for Morrocco just a day to the start of the UNEB exams.

    Apparently, Bebe Cool’s own son, Alpha Thierry Ssali is one of the victims who is supposed to be writing his final O-level exams now but is missing out because when the exams program kicked off, he was away in Mauritania on national duty for the Uganda Hippos.

    Bebe Cool has expressed that he’s really disappointed with the Uganda government and the Ministry of Education and Sports in particular on how they have handled the issue of missing Senior Four (S4) final exams by the young talented football players who have been on continental duty with the U-20, and U-17 Uganda National teams.

    “It’s unfortunate that this government has never had plans to support each and every educated person by giving them a job after their tertiary education. So I believe the youths who push their talents to turn them into a lifetime career/self-employment would be seen as an advantage, hence supported at all costs.

    Ten years ago, my son (who represented Uganda at the just concluded U-20 continental championship), my wife and I sat down and agreed that he (my boy, Alpha) would be a football player,” Bebe Cool said.

    According to Bebe Cool, parents struggle to pay school fees for these kids. “The kids dreams are to be professional players, to represent their country and win for their clubs, this making their nation’s proud. How could you have thought they could choose exams over representing their flag?” the singer who dropped out of school for music explained.

    “And after representing their flag, can’t their flag (country) support them by organising special exams so that their parents don’t pay an extra year of fees. And of course the time wasted,” he added.

    “This will happen over and over again in netball, cricket, athletics, basketball and many other sports. I therefore wish to express my disappointment and disamy that my son Alpha Thierry Ssali and other boys (7 altogether) who represented Uganda will not be sitting their final S.4 exams. To say I’m hugely disappointed is an understatement. I call upon the Minister of Education to review this issue urgently. Call the parents of the involved children and forge a way forward so that next time this happens, there’s a sort of programme to support national team players and by this our players won’t lose out on education,” Bebe Cool said.

    By Baron Kironde

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