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    Ministry Of Education Speaks Out On Allegations That Schools’ First Term Will Commence On The 8th May…

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    School going children (Courtesy photo)

    The Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) has refuted claims that the school’s First Term will commence on the 8th May.

    In a clarification sent to all learner and education stakeholders, the ministry said, “The Ministry of Education and Sports has learned of a statement circulating on social media, purportedly made by the Hon. Minister of Education and Sports.

    The message states that the First Term will commence on the 8th of May this year. The writer further advises schools to cancel all leavers’ parties in order not to distract students and adds that UNEB and Entry Level exams will be based on Pre Entry Examinations.

    This, therefore, is to state in clear terms that the Ministry has not issued such a statement.”

    They add, “All that this statement contains is baseless and misleading. This message must, therefore, be dismissed with contempt. The Ministry has structures through which decisions are made.

    In due course, the Hon. Minister of Education and Sports will communicate to our learners and all Education stakeholders what the next steps will be in view of the Pronouncement made by His Excellency the President to extend the lockdown and curfew period by 21 days on the 14th April 2020.”

    “We assure the public that you will be kept informed of any and all developments at the Ministry with regard to the opening dates for schools, Education Institutions and the set dates for National Examinations.

    In the meantime, we call upon our learners to continue studying hard while helping with household chores and physical activity at home. We also remind all our learners to constantly adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health,” they noted.

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    Most Universities No Longer Produce Competent Lawyers – LDC Director Cries Out Over Increased Failure Rate…

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    LDC Director Frank Othembi

    The Director of Law Development Centre (LDC) Frank Nigel Othembi has attributed the increased failure rate to the poor standards of universities accredited to teach law in Uganda.

    According to Othembi, only four out of the 15 accredited universities that teach Law in Uganda are in a position to produce competent lawyers.

    Othembi made the revelation while appearing before the legal parliamentary affairs committee to defend the 2022/2023 ministerial policy statement and the current performance of LDC which has recently declined with unexplained failure rates with only 10% getting the required mark in the previous academic year.

    “There are 15 universities accredited to teach law and honestly, not all of them are doing it because, in my view out of the 15 universities, there are only 4 that I can say are teaching law in the law it should be taught,” Othembi revealed.

    Othembi further noted that the lifting of the pre-entry exam into the bar course has affected the quality of students they admit into LDC.

    Othembi said the high failure rates cuts across Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania and have been attributed to poor quality students sent to LDC by the diverse learning institutions.

    Uganda’s LDC released results for the academic year 2019/2020 showed a 90 percent failure rate which left the country wondering what had gone wrong at the Makerere based law centre.

    Records at LDC also showed that out of a total of 1,682 law students who sat for the exams, 70 percent partially failed with re-takes whereas 20% of the lawyers totally failed the examinations and were discontinued.

    According to records, the list of top universities teaching Law in Uganda include; Makerere University School of Law, Bishop Stuart University, Faculty of Law, Busoga University, Faculty of Law, Gulu University, Faculty of Law among others.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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    Police Tells Parents To Report Schools Overcharging UNEB Fees…

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    Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga has warned school proprietors against charging fees not prescribed by UNEB.

    “They stipulated the fees. They have asked us to come out and warn school proprietors who are still overcharging,” he emphasized.

    “We want to inform parents that for PLE, it is UGX 34000, UCE is UGX164,000 and UGX 186000 for UACE. All parents who have paid excess money should report to UNEB or CID headquarters,” Enanga said.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Busoga University Officially Declared Public University…

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    The government has declared Busoga University a public institution ending years of wrangles for the management of the university between the Anglican Church and Central government.

    In a bid to end wrangles, the Archbishop, Dr. Samuel Kazimba Mugalu signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the church and State Minister for Education Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo represented government.

    The occasion was also witnessed by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East Africa Community Affairs, Rebecca Kadaga.

    During her address, Kadaga said this was a happy day for people of Busoga, students, the business community and the government.

    “The government taking over the university has a multiplier effect. I think you have seen the growth of university of Mbarara, you have seen the growth of Gulu University and others (that are) also growing,” she said.

    Kadaga added that she can confirm that Busoga university is going to be different. She called upon the people of Uganda to invest in real estate around the university because the children are coming and the lecturers will need a place to stay.

    During the signing of the final take over agreement, Dr. Muyingo disclosed that universities in a given areas help foster economic development by creating concentrated clusters of human settlement which result in increased trade thus Busoga region will reap the benefits.

    Dr. Muyingo promised that government will settle the university debts.

    “After signing I can now go with confidence to Parliament and ask for money to develop the university. Government has a grand plan of establishing a public university in all the 18 regions of Uganda in order to spur social and economic development through equipping Ugandans with necessary employable skills,” he divulged.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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