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    Parliament Has No Right To Stop The New Curriculum – NCDC Boss Baguma Shuts Up MPs….

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    The Executive Director of National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) Grace Baguma

    The Executive Director of National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) Grace Baguma has today told Journalist at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala that the parliamentary committee on education has no right to stop the newly introduced curriculum.

    Baguma says that parliament can only support the Ministry of Education in its bid to implement the new curriculum.

    “What parliament is trying to do is not proper. What they are supposed to do is to encourage and support the ministry in the implementation. The new curriculum is favoring and most importantly is aimed at producing skilled students since it focuses more on practical subjects,” she said.

    Last week, Members of Parliament who sit on the committee on education and sports raised their concern over the late release of the new curriculum saying that teachers were not given enough time to study and get enough knowledge on the new curriculum.

    During a heated debate in Parliament, the MPs argued that the suspension of the curriculum would allow government to prepare adequately for its countrywide roll out.

    In response, Baguma says that the process of sensitizing teachers about the new curriculum will continue until mid-year (June) adding that this will help the teachers to understand the curriculum very well.

    “Sensitizing teachers is not a one-month deal but a continuous process that will run until mid-year. In the new curriculum, Subject Topics were not changed but reduced so our teachers have the content but they just need to be told what to do,” she said.

    Although 80 percent of the country’s economy depends on agriculture, the MPs noted that this subject wasn’t prioritized by the curriculum developers. But Baguma claims that Agriculture was made optional and students will have to be encouraged to do it since it contributes nearly one- thirds of the country’s Gross Domestic product (GDP).

    She further notes that the new curriculum has got many benefits that will help lower secondary students compete with the world standards.

    “The new curriculum will help to promote effective learning and hand on application, students will be able to receive a duo certificate that can help them gain experience as early as possible, students will not be loaded with useless subjects that do not help them in the market,” she said.

    She further reveals that the Ministry of Education was given 10.3 billion shillings to sensitize and create awareness to the public about the new changes in the curriculum. Another 29 billion shillings is to be given to the ministry in three Months.

    She adds that the Ministry needs 143 billion shillings completely train and create awareness of the new program.

    By Josephine Kauma

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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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