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    Pregnant Students Must Sit For UNEB Exams- Ministry of Education Directs, As Owners Of Private Schools Threaten Not To Reopen……

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    Ministry of Education wants pregnant students to sit for UNEB Exams

    The Ministry of Education and Sports has directed proprietors of schools in Uganda to make sure that all students who got pregnant during the COVID-19 lockdown sit for their examinations.

    Students across the country have today started their Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations.

    It should be noted that several girls in candidate classes got pregnant during the long period of school closure, which was implemented by the government in March last year, as one of the measures of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

    As a way of ensuring that these girls do not miss out on a whole year, the Ministry of Education is liaising with officials from UNEB and proprietors of schools to allow them sit for their exams.

    Meanwhile, some proprietors of private schools in Uganda have threatened not to resume learning for students in semi-candidate classes unless the Ministry of Education releases money to the tune of Shs2.5 Trillions which was promised to them by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as a COVID-19 relief fund.

    Led by Michael Kironde, Executive Director of Janan Luwum Schools, the proprietors of private schools contend that ever since President Musveni promised them the money they have never received it yet banks are distressing their institutions over unpaid loans.

    Speaking to CBS FM, Kironde said that; “We as proprietors of private schools shall not open on March 1st, 2021 to teach students in semi-candidate classes unless the government, through the Ministry of Education disburses our money. President Museveni promised that the government would give Shs2.5 Trillion to help us in offsetting loans and implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) but to date we have never seen the money.”

    He added that; “Unless the money is released by the government they will not reopen their schools, because they need the money to operate optimally, otherwise we shall fail to even feed the students.”

    However, according to the State Minister for Higher Education Dr. Chrysostom Muyingo, the government currently doesn’t have the money that was promised to the proprietors of private schools, since all the money has been channelled towards the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.

    “I humbly beg you to feel sorry for our students and teach them please, because currently the government doesn’t have money. All the money available is being diverted towards the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines,” Muyingo said.

    He added that; “Whether the money is released or not, let’s sympathise with these children who have been sitting at home for almost a year. Let us mind about our profession as teachers because if we strike, people will lose trust in us. ”

    Meanwhile, the Ministry has since issued new guidelines that will be followed by all schools as part of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among learners.

    They include but are not limited to the following; Compiling a daily report about the status of COVID-19 at their schools and submitting the same to designated health officials at district level, installing hand washing stations, deploying trained people to use temperature guns, plus alerting authorities about any suspected cases of COVID-19 infections. The Ministry shall also require school vans to ensure that every learner sits alone in the van.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    KEEP YOUR MONEY; We Shall Not Accept Homosexuality, Lesbianism And Abortion – First Lady Slams European Funders Over LGBT…

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    Minister Kataha Museveni (L) and deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (R)

    First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has slammed European funders over LGBT and asked them to keep their money if it is one of the conditions to fund Uganda.

    It should be remembered that during the recent 61st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Parliamentary Assembly and 42nd Session of the ACP-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) in Maputo, Mozambique on 31st October 2022, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, who represented Uganda warned delegates that there is need for the Contonou Agreement to broadly define human rights in relation to homosexuality.

    Tayebwa told members who attended that the agreement contained clauses promoting homosexuality and abortion, a practice he said Uganda will vehemently oppose.

    “We have discovered that with the Post Cotonou agreement, there are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he said.

    He insisted, “We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing.”

    Appearing at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, as the chief guest at the National Conference on Ethics and Morality, Hon. Janet Museveni noted that they must stand up and let the world know who their God is, what determines their perspectives and who they follow.

    She revealed, “Why do we say we will not allow homosexuality and lesbianism in our society, we follow a living God who gives us the moral perspectives to live by.

    “It does not matter, those who threaten us that they won’t give us money can keep their money, God will provide for us.”

    At the same conference today, Tayebwa recalled the contentious discussion on LGBT at the recent Joint Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific states and European Union (ACP-EU) in Maputo.

    He disclosed that when he went to Maputo, he was shocked to find all kinds of people from everywhere, private jets had landed, the issue was to lobby ACP-EU to pass a resolution that to access the next European funding to African, Caribbean and Pacific states, they must acknowledge LGBT.

    Tayebwa propounded, “They were saying we must acknowledge LGBT and also amend our laws to allow it, they were also saying we must provide money for abortion in the budget, that if you don’t have money we shall provide it to you. That’s when some of us said no.

    “What is unfortunate is that some people look at our stand on LGBT as abnormal, a certain European MP said to me ‘we can see you are spreading hatred’. Then we have the problem of fear, some people warned me that I could be denied Visa to certain countries,” Tayebwa said.

    By Hope Kalamira

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    University Professor Who Sexually Harassed Student Handed Over To CID..

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    Dr. Nafiu Lukman Abiodun

    Kabale University Professor, Dr. Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, the Head of Department of Economics and Statistics at the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences has been cited for sexual harassment of female student.

    Addressing press on Monday, 21st November, Police mouthpiece, Fred Enanga revealed that the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) Headquarters, has instituted inquiries into the alleged acts of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional negligence, by Dr. Nafiu.

    Enanga’s concern follows the recent incident of physical assault and harassment of a female Makerere University student by her lecturer, identified as Dr. Benard Wandera, of the College of Humanities and Social sciences, which occurred on the 18, November, 2022, during his lecture in the Frank-Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.

    “As police, we take all reports of harassment seriously and we will ensure that the matter, which generated public debate after the video footage went viral is thoroughly investigated and justice accorded to the victim,” he said.

    The police mouthpiece added that a copy of the footage has been retrieved for further analysis and the victim has also been identified and arrangements are in place for the victim to record her statement.

    He adduced, “We are happy that the University took administrative action, through the immediate suspension of the lecturer and the composition of an investigation committee alleged acts of assault, harassment and willful professional misconduct by the lecturer. The priority of the university or college should remain the protection of both its students and employee community.

    “We also want to use this opportunity to call upon any university or college student, who has experienced any forms of abusive behavior, physical misconduct, sexual misconduct or any other form of inappropriate behavior, by a lecturer, university or college staff or fellow student, that the Directorate of CID, through its various departments of SGBV, General Crimes, provide a range of support for victimized students to get justice.

    “We strongly believe tough sanctions against abusive lecturers, will provide a campus environment that is full of respect, human dignity and an environment where everyone, can thrive in their academic, professional and personal pursuits. In addition, it will prohibit abusive Lecturers, Professors and other staff from finding new jobs in other Universities.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Ministry Of Education Orders Early Closure Of Schools To Curb Ebola…

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    Education minister Janet Museveni

    Ministry of Education and Sports has ordered early closure of schools to curb ebola.

    Speaking to press on Tuesday, Ministry of Education noted that cabinet considered and approved a proposal from Ministry of Health to reduce Third term by two weeks so as to decongest schools that are likely to increase vulnerability of children to EVD infections.

    “Closing schools earlier will reduce areas of concentration where children are in daily close contact with fellow children, teachers and other staff who could potentially spread the virus,” State Minister for Primary Education, Dr. Moricu Kaducu said.

    She added, “Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary schools will close for Third Term holidays on Friday 25th November 2022.

    “The District /City/Municipal Education officers and head teachers should take note and act accordingly.

    “The schools will be required to conduct final/promotional exams a little earlier effective next week. Schools should communicate and prepare learners mentally and physically to adjust to this change in the school calendar.

    “Upon completion, children will be required to immediately return safely to their homes in a staggering manner to avoid congestion and congregating. The school administration will also be required to decontaminate all school facilities and make them safe for children’s return next year 2023.

    “The Ministry of Education and Sports together with Ministry of Works and Transport will issue guidelines on measures to follow during transportation of learners in order to avoid congestion at bus and taxi parks.”

    Dr.Moricu also revealed that on 26th October 2022, Ministry of Health confirmed that there were six cases in school-aged children who attended classes at three different schools in Rubaga Division of Kampala.

    “One of the children died from the disease and 170 contacts were identified from these cases. Among children, a total of 23 cases had been confirmed, of which; 8 had died while 5 had fully recovered and 16 were under isolation by 4th November, 2022.”

    It should be remembered that the Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on 20 September 2022 after a case was confirmed in Mubende Regional Referral Hospital.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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