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Getting Rid Of Era Where O’Level Students Carry Big Books: National Curriculum Development Centre Launches Virtual Learning Tablets

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As a way of embracing technology especially in the education system in the country, the National Curriculum Centre has launched virtual learning tablets that students from Senior one up to senior six across the country will use to study while they are being monitored.

The head of secondary school curriculum who is also a Chemistry specialist, Droti Asile James said that in the 21st Century era of technology, Ugandan students need to embrace technology like other East African countries.

“It’s only in Uganda where we are currently not using the modern learning systems, Kenyan, Rwandan and Tanzanian students are learning using tablets. If we can also embrace it, it is going to help learners understand better and improve the education system in the country as well as harmonise the learning systems in the region,” Droti said.

Droti however noted that the parents and students will have to pay some money to obtain the tablets with each tablet costing about five hundred thousand shillings (500,000) only. More than one hundred schools have already registered and enrolled to join the system and training is going to start with the teachers.

Priscilla Ekirya the chief of staff at the National Curriculum Centre said that they are beginning with schools in Kampala to see how the new innovation will work. She added that the apps that are installed are only for educational purposes and all O-level subjects are being catered for.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Speaker Kadaga Selects Committee To Investigate The Rampant Sexual Violence In Schools

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(L-R): National female youth MP Anna Ebaju Odeke and committee chair MP Robinah Rwakojjo

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has named a nine member select committee that has been tasked to investigate the rampant rumors of sexual violence in schools and higher institutions of learning.

The motion for a resolution to investigate the vice of sexual violence was raised on the floor of parliament by the National female youth MP Anna Ebaju Odeke in April this year. Among the terms of references to be followed in investigations include studying the cause and extent of sexual violence in institutions of learning and its negative effects to the population.

Others include studying and reviewing laws on sexual violence in Uganda, study the measures that have been put in place to address sexual violence when it occurs and study measures put in place to create awareness on sexual violence in institutions of learning among others. Kadaga has given the committee chaired by Gomba East MP Robinah Rwakojjo only two months to present their report in regard.

There has been concerns raised in the media where female students have been victims of sexual harassment in schools and in the higher institutions of learning, it is alleged that the students are promised higher marks in exchange for sex.

 

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Kayihura Had Become A Problem, Thank You For Arresting Him – Tycoon Basajjabalaba Tells Museveni

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Renown businessman and one of the founders of Kampala International University (KIU) Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba has applauded president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for removing and arresting the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) general Kale Kayihura.

“I thank you for the best decision you took to arrest and remove Kayihura as IGP, God bless you so much because you are so brave, we shall continue praying for you for the good initiative you took because he had become a problem to many Ugandans,” Bassajjabalaba said.

Basajjabalaba said this during KIU’s 18th graduation ceremony at their Kansanga main campus. Bassajjabalaba further thanked president Museveni that since his intervention on the insecurity situation in the country, the massive killings and kidnaps have reduced.

“Many investors had started running away from our country due to the massive killings but at least we are assured that the president has begun with the big fish to protect Ugandans and the country at large,” Bassajjabalaba added.

However, Bassajjabalaba asked government to quicken the process of signing the bilateral agreements as a way of easing trade between Uganda and other countries to boost business and international relations with other countries because he finds a hard time hiring some professionals from abroad due to the rigorous process.

2410 Students Graduate At KIU

At the same graduation ceremony, President Yoweri Museveni, who was the guest of honour cautioned higher institutions of learning to always teach courses that are marketable as a way of helping students find jobs as well as begin their own jobs as soon as they finish university.

The president said that very many institutions and universities teach courses that are irrelevant hence sending half-baked students who can’t compete globally at the job market.

The president said that if Ugandan youths are to compete globally for jobs, universities and parents should encourage students to take up courses that produce job makers rather than job seekers. He later praised Kampala International University for taking a lead in this cause.

2410 students attained masters, degrees, diplomas and certificates from different disciplines. 1395 (57%) graduands were male and 1015 (43%) were female, 22 students obtained First Class degrees.

The vice chancellor Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo appealed to the president to reconsider them regarding the benefits of primary health care that they were giving before taking that initiative back.

He also asked the president to reduce on the taxes and requirements necessary for professionals from outside who come into the country to offer services to Ugandans. He added that they are going to import Cuban experts to train their students because this will help expand the number of professionals in the country as well as get the required doctors in hospitals and other professionals.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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We Have The Best Facilities A Medical Student Needs: KIU Refutes Allegations Of Producing Half-Baked Medics

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KIU's deputy vice chancellor academic affairs Dr. Annette Kizaabu with Professor George Nesiima

Kampala International University (KIU) has refuted allegations that the government through the ministry of Education and sports sent them letters informing them of an impending investigation into the quality of medical doctors that they produce as one of the dailies reported.

Addressing the media today at the Kansanga based University, the deputy vice chancellor academic affairs Dr. Annette Kizaabu said that they have never received such letters. Kizaabu added that as KIU, they always follow and fulfill all the requirements that are necessary for any student to be admitted in the University on medical studies and therefore recent media allegations were very false.

“We have the best facilities a student may need to be enrolled in a medical school and it’s only Kampala International University that trains medical officers with its own hospital, by the time our students leave, we make sure that they first go through our hospitals. There is therefore no way we can produce half-baked doctors and professionals,” Dr. Annette said.

Professor George Nesiima, the deputy vice chancellor on research added that they have even exceeded the minimum requirements especially on the issue of ratios. He said that the students ratio to lectures is very fine at KIU that’s why the ministry of education applauded them for being better than any other University when they visited their medical school.

However, on the issue of continuous inspection by the ministry, Nesiima said even though some people may think otherwise, for them as KIU, they are fine with it because it’s legal and helps them to improve and creates confidence because it’s the ministry mandate to inspect and pay visits to Universities and higher institutions of learning.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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