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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.

     

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni Halts Transfer Of Secondary School Teachers…

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    Education Minister Janet Museveni (Photo: Internet)

    The Minister of Education and Sports spokesperson Mr. Dennis Mugimba has disclosed that the First Lady who also doubles as the senior education Minister, Janet Museveni has halted the transfer of secondary school teachers with immediate effect.

    While addressing media today, Mr. Mugimba said the Minister made the decision after noticing inconsistencies in the transfer exercise which was marred by delays in getting the teachers on payroll, replacing the transferred teachers some of who have failed to report to new schools they have been relocated to.

    “The Minister of Education and Sports received credible information that the way secondary school teachers in government schools are transferred, was having many gaps,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    “It’s against this backdrop that the minister decided that the transfer exercise is halted for the time being until the loopholes have been fixed,” he added.

    Mr. Mugimba held, “She instructed that as a ministry we temporarily stop the transferring of secondary school teachers with immediate effect until an exercise which is going to be conducted by the Education Service Commission takes place.”

    He emphasized that this exercise will identify how long the teachers on payroll have actually been there and how many contract staff are in each school.

    “The validation exercise is expected to begin once secondary schools are reopened following a pronouncement by President Museveni,” Mr. Mugimba said.

    He also revealed that the ministry has trained 54 national trainers to train local governments about the Standard Operating Procedures that should be observed in educational institutions of learning amid planned reopening of schools.

    “We trained them about the issue of roles, who does what to ensure that our institutions of education are complying with these SOPs especially the role of the headteacher or the head of institution that is the principal, vice chancellor in ensuring compliance with SOPs,” he said.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Dr. Patrick Bitature Appointed 2nd Vice Chancellor Of UTAMU…

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    Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the board chairman of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) has appointed tycoon Patrick Bitature as 2nd Vice Chancellor with effect from 17th September, 2021.

    “I, Prof.Venansius Baryamureeba in my capacity as chairman of the Board of Directors of UTAMU do introduce to you the public, Dr. Bitature as the second chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University,” reads in Baryamureeba’s statement.

    Businessman Dr. Patrick Bitature whose tenure runs for four years replaces His Excellency Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka the former Vice President of Kenya who served as the founding chancellor of UTAMU.

    Prof. Baryamureeba applauded Musyoka for successfully leading the university over the last eight years into a centre of academic excellence.

    “His contribution has been central to the progress and promise of driving UTAMU of national, regional and international stature in the service of higher education,” Baryamureeba said.

    He added that amidst his busy schedule, he dedicated tremendous time and effort in ensuring that the university is regionally recognized, inclusive and acknowledged as an institution of uncompromising quality that meets the needs of today’s world.

    Outgoing Musyoka was first appointed as chancellor of UTAMU in June 2013, a period of four years and his contract was renewed for the second time and last 4-year term in June.

    Dr. Bitature shall then preside for the first time as a chancellor of UTAMU at the 6th graduation ceremony which will take place on September, 24 2021 in Kampala.

     

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    University Entry Points For 2020/2021 UACE Students For Various Courses…

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    Universities are likely to raise their entry cut-off points for first year students slated to join for the 2021-2022 academic year intake.

    Mr. Ssentongo, who heads admissions at Makerere University said in an interview that the cut-off points always fluctuate every academic year depending on the performance of students in the Uganda Advanced Certificate Of Education (UACE) exams.

    He added that since candidates who sat for the 2020 UACE exams performed better than those who sat for the 2019 UACE, their cut-offs points will automatically be hiked for some of the courses.

    “The university does not hike or reduce the cut-offs. This is done depending on the performance of the students each academic year,” Ssentongo  noted.

    Speaking to Prof. Eli Katunguka, the Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, he said since students performed better in the 2020 UACE exams, the cut-off points will automatically be hiked.  He added that Kyambogo would want to reduce failure rates.

    “Previously the University has been taking students with low points and we have been having higher failure rates,” Prof. Eli noted.

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