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Nawangwe In Trouble: Makarere University To Be Investigated And Sanctioned For Procuring Gowns From China – PPDA Boss Ssegawa…

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The acting Executive Director Public Procurement and Disposal of public asset Authority (PPDA) Uthman Ssegawa has criticized the process followed by Makerere University in procuring graduation gowns for its 70th graduation and threatened to investigate the process that the university fallowed.

While addressing the press today at Uganda Media Center in Kampala, Ssegawa said PPDA is going to investigate the whole process and the University (management and officials) will face the music.

“No government entity is allowed to make such kind of importations; any supply below one Billion should be locally produced. Makerere University student’s gown fall under this category, there was no need for the institution to import them from China because we have many producers in the country,” he insisted.

Makerere University has been on spot for importing the students’ gowns from china which did not come in time and created fear in some graduands.

The current providers in Uganda dealing in manufacturing clothing materials include Nyanza Textile in Jinja, Fine spinners and Sigma neat. Ssegawa added that PPDA Management has contacted the management at Makerere University to provide them with procurement files for the gowns.

“The PPDA law allows that even if you have a contract, it can be amended, we anticipate that Makerere University should have amended so that the suppliers who were contracted buy the resources from Uganda,” he said.

He added that the PPDA is undertaking a contract audit to find out what went wrong. He further applauded Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) for supporting the local companies by buying Uniforms from Ugandan companies and Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) for awarding about 40% of Ugandans with employment opportunities.

By Josephine Kauma

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Did China Colonise Uganda Without Our Knowledge? I Want The Speaker To Request The Executive To Come Clean And Tell Ugandans – MP Nambooze Bitter After Chinese Language Is Put On New School Curriculum…

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Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke is bitter after the Ministry of Education released a new O-Level curriculum with Chinese as one of the languages to be taught in schools.

In a post on his Facebook page, Nambooze said, “When Parliament resumes, I will through the Speaker request the executive to come clean and tell Ugandans, the relationship we have with China….. Did China colonise Uganda without our knowledge? If China is our new colonial master let us be told.”

She added, “We are already suffering as a Nation because of effects of colonisation by Britain and here comes in China. A new curriculum released today show that Chinese language has been made one of the subjects that are to be taught at school. Though indicated as an elective subject, am told that the plan is to make it compulsory after sometime.”

“Even before you think of anything else, this means hiring teachers from China. Its true China has become one of the world’s economic giants but is it a must that we must learn the language of every country we trade with…..for example,Ugandans drive Japanese vehicles and uses many of their machinese why isnt Japanese one of the subjects ? And again, who sits to make these decisions for the Country?” she asked.

The Ministry of Education released a new O-Level curriculum 2020 putting Chinese among the elective subjects to choose from. Others include: Agriculture, Information Communication Technology, French / German/Latin / Arabic, Local Language, Literature in English, Art and Design, Performing Arts, Technology and Design, Nutrition and Food Technology.

Below are some of the changes according to Nambooze:

IMPORTANT INFO FROM MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: THE NEW O-LEVEL CURRICULUM 2020

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(I) Curriculum Design: The new curriculum is competence-based, emphasising the learner to be at the centre of learning. It focuses on learning outcomes and aims at producing a holistic learner equipped with skills, knowledge, values and attitudes required for the 21st century. Generic skills emphasized are critical thinking, problem-solving, mathematical computation, ICT proficiency and communication.

(ii) Subject Menu: The number of subjects on the new curriculum at 21 compared to the 43 in the current one. A school is expected to offer 12 subjects at Senior 1and 2 out of which 11 are compulsory while one is an elective. At Senior 3 and 4, a learner is expected to exit with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 9 subjects with 7 compulsory subjects.

The Chinese language has been added to the menu of foreign languages while Kiswahili, Physical Education and Entrepreneurship Education are compulsory for learners in Senior 1 and 2.

(III) Subject Content: This has been reduced by getting rid of obsolete knowledge and integrating related knowledge based on relevance, societal needs and national goals. This will go a long way in avoiding cramming of concepts which is the current practice.

Cross-cutting issues such as climate change, patriotism, human rights, gender, HIV/AIDS among others have been integrated into the various subjects. The new curriculum has also paid attention to learners with special needs.

(iv) Approach / Methodology: In the new curriculum, the teacher is the facilitator of learning to mean that learners are expected to contribute to their learning with guidance from the teachers.

(v)Time Table: Classroom teaching has been reduced to 5 hours a day. Lessons start at 8:30am and end at 2:50pm which allows learners to engage in research, project work, clubs, games and sports and have time for self-study/revision for 1 hour and 40 minutes. The school day will end at 4:30pm.

(vi) Assessment: The current teaching and assessment are examination driven focusing on acquiring a high-grade pass as opposed to reasoning critical analysis, understanding and acquisition of skills and knowledge.

In the new curriculum, both formative and summative assessment will be done. These have been agreed at 20% for formative or school-based assessment and 80% for the summative assessment of UNEB at the end of Senior 4 which will lead to the award of Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).

SUBJECTS OF THE NEW ‘O’ LEVEL CURRICULUM

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S1- S2 ( 11 Compulsory plus 1 Elective )

Compulsory subjects: English, Mathematics, History & Political Education, Geography, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education, Religious Education, Entrepreneurship, Kiswahili.

1 Elective from: Agriculture, Information Communication Technology, French / German/Latin / Arabic/Chinese, Local Language, Literature in English, Art and Design, Performing Arts, Technology and Design, Nutrition and Food Technology.

S3 – S4 ( 7 compulsory plus 2 Electives )

Compulsory Subjects: English, Mathematics, History and Political Education, Geography, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Practical (Pre-vocational elective) Subjects: Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Art and Design, ICT, Nutrition and Food Technology, Performing Arts, Technology and Design and Physical Education.

Language Electives: Foreign Languages, Kiswahili, Literature, Local languages.

Religious Education Electives: Christian Religious Education and Islamic Religious Education.

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After Two Years Of Wrangles, Min. Of Education Finally Organizes UNSA Elections, Former NEC Members Barred From Standing…

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The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mr. Alex Kakooza has revealed that they are set for the election of Uganda National Student’s Association (UNSA) committee members on the 20th and 23rd December 2019 at St. Mary’s College Kisubi in Wakiso District.

According to Kakooza, the delay in carrying out the election was caused by internal conflicts between the NEC members where some of them ran to courts even though court later ordered that the matter be resolved outside court.

President Museveni later resolved the matter.

Some UNSA members pointed fingers at some of their leaders that they had turned into dictators, the ministry later resolved that former UNSA members shouldn’t vie for any position again.

“Some members enroll for different courses during consecutive years, this denies other vibrant and young members a chance of taking up such positions but we have sorted this out,” Kakooza said.

Government is expected to spend Shs.228 Million to conduct this election and facilitate various delegates from different institutions.

Mr. Kakooza made these remarks while addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala. He insisted that all delegates must be accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

By Josephine Kauma

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Nawangwe Should Leave Makerere And Try Farming – Chameleon Advises

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Democratic Party (DP) chief mobiliser, Joseph Mayanja alias Dr. Jose Chameleon has urged Makerere University Vice Chancellor (VC) Barnabas Nawangwe  to quit office if he has failed to solve student’s problems.

While addressing the press yesterday at the DP headquarters at City House along Durstar Street in Kampala, the musician said that they will not tolerate a misbehaving VC.

“If Nawangwe is not ready to sort the problems of Makerere, he should be dumped in the dust bin. He should quite the office and try farming,” Chameleon said.

He said that Makerere students are not demonstrating as a hobby but they have been hard pressed by the bad university policies like increasing tuition.

” You are forcing students to demonstrate because of the way you treat them, Nawangwe and the University administration should find better working solutions for a better Makerere. The students are not well off, their parents are trying to raise that little pay so that their sons and daughters can afford better education,” Chameleon insisted.

However, some of the student’s leaders who attended the press conference vowed not to cease the strike until the 15% increment is abandoned.

Martine Rugamba, the UYD chairman

“We shall not stop our strike until our voice is heard. We are ready to die, be raped like they did but we will keep on trying until we succeed,” Martine Rugamba, the UYD chairman vowed.

When Chameleon was asked his next move as DP’s chief mobiliser in Ugandan politics, he promised to continue participating in different affairs that affect the local person (Wanainci). He further made it clear that he will appear on the ballot paper for the Lord Mayor seat come 2021.

Other DP members who attended the conference included: the party president Norbert Mao, Mike Mabikke (Member of DP Bloc), Martin Rugamba (chairman Uganda Young Democrats UYD Makerere university) and Mwezi Joshua (speaker UYD Makerere university).

By Josephine Kauma

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