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    St. Peter’s SSS Naalya Dragged To Court For Suspending Female Student On Allegations Of Selling Marijuana, Matchboxes To Fellow Students…

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    St Peter’s Senior Secondary School Naalya has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division Kampala for suspending a female student on allegation of selling marijuana and matchboxes to fellow students.

    In his suit, Tracy Bamanya Natukunda, a senior six student accuses the school of denying her a fair hearing when they decided of indefinitely suspend her.

    However, the presiding Judge Musa Ssekaana, the head of the Civil Division of the High Court dismissed Natukunda’s application where she was seeking a Court order directing the school to allow her to continue with her studies as Court proceeds with the hearing of the main suit.

    In their defense, the school confirmed that the applicant was admitted in February 2020 to study the combination of Divinity, Entrepreneurship and Literature in senior five.

    The school divulged that after months of admission, they established that she was indiscipline and disobedient to the extent of selling cookies with marijuana and matchboxes to fellow students.

    The school said that when she was caught red handedly at first, she was given the opportunity to defend herself through recording a statement over the allegations and her parents were summoned and informed of their child’s behaviour.

    The school told Court that even though the applicant committed a grave crime, she was allowed to stay in the school because her parents pleaded with the school administration.

    However, she abused the opportunity given to her when she started physically attacking and harassing students and teachers who testified against her thus becoming a threat to the entire school community.

    It was overwhelmingly agreed to indefinite suspend her.

    In his ruling, Ssekaana agreed with the school authorities that the applicant is a threat to other students and teachers because she even physically fought with them when she was handed over to the school’s disciplinary committee.

    Ssekaana said, “The school should be given a benefit of doubt in exercise of its disciplinary powers against the student until the Court finds otherwise. The rights of the applicant against the entire school community should be a factor to consider and the likely danger of the applicant returning to the school and the entire school atmosphere in such circumstances.

    “In result for the reasons stated herein above, this is hereby dismissed and the costs shall abide the outcome of the main cause. It is so ordered.”

    The hearing of the main suit is still ongoing.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    MPs Propose Sign language To Be Adopted In Schools…

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    Members of Parliament have proposed that Sign language should be adopted and integrated in most of the schools.

    During plenary today which was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, MPs noted that it can be done by increasing sign language teachers and ensuring that children are introduced to sign language at early stages of learning.

    The decision follows the upcoming commemoration of International Deaf Awareness week scheduled to take place between 19th to 23rd September 2022.

    The celebrations for the International Deaf Awareness week will be held at Iganga Municipal Primary School grounds, in Iganga Municipality, on Friday 23rd September 2022.

    According to the 2014 Uganda National Housing and Population statistics, there were over 1,083,649 deaf people in Uganda.

    “This has since increased to 1,290,000 of the current Uganda’s population,” Asamo said.

    State Minister for disabilities, Allen Asamo said that the International Deaf Awareness Week draws attention to the accomplishments of people who are deaf, raises awareness of their unique needs and also promotes their human rights.

    “During this week, state and non-state actors publicize many activities and informational campaigns to educate people about deafness and hearing loss,” she explained.

    She added that the International Deaf Awareness Week seeks to increase awareness about deaf persons, their challenges, and their culture.

    “It helps in motivating the community to learn and appreciate the importance of sign language, address grievances, and promote the human rights of deaf persons.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Ministry Of Education Sets Strict Rules On Nursing Course; Bans Admitting Nurses Below 18 Years…

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    Minister Muyingo addressing nurses who graduated yeaterday

    Ministry of Education has set strict rules on the nursing course and banned admissions of nurses below 18 years.

    During the release of the 2022 nurses and midwives examinations results at the Office of the President yesterday, State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo announced that government has banned nursing and wives institutions across the country from admitting students below the age of 18.

    Muyingo noted that all institutions should adhere to the set minimum standards and observe the set age limit.

    “They should admit only adults above the age of 18 because only adults should work in health centres, not children,” he added.

    He further asked institutions to respect the capacity of learners requirement set by the ministry.

    “Those who want to start nursing and midwifery institutions must first get the licenses and should respect the capacity. If you are licensed to admit only 500 learners, you should not exceed that,” he maintained.

    Muyingo also asked the Permanent Secretary of the ministry to enforce this and apprehend administrators who will defy it.

    According to the executive secretary of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB), Ms. Helen Mukakarisa, the reason why children below 18 years have been banned is because expectant mothers in hospitals have been complaining and were not comfortable with children taking care of them.

    “As a profession, we cannot take children of 16 years. Mothers won’t respect them so ethically, we need to admit learners above the age of 18,” Ms Mukakarisa said.

    She added, “Those learners who will complete Senior Four before turning 18 will have to wait until they reach the required age to apply for courses.

    Efforts to speak to the State Minister for Education, Muyingo were however futile as he did not pick up our calls.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    We Will Punish Schools That Increase Fees Without Passing Through Right Procedure – Minister Muyingo Warns, Clears Air On Conflict Of Interest Allegations…

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    Minister Muyingo

    State Minister for Higher Education, Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo has advised parents to take their children to Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) schools if they cannot afford school fees in private schools.

    In an interview with theGrapevine, Muyingo warned government schools that are hiking school fees and directed parents on where to report in case of any increase in school fees.

    Muyingo revealed that Ministry of Education and Sports laid a procedure which headteachers must follow before increasing school fees.

    “Schools are not allowed to increase fees. If there be need to increase, school owners have to first engage parents to explain to them and to seek permission from them,” he said.

    Muyingo added that every school has a Board of Governors (B.O.G)  that they can always reach out to for advice and after coming to agreement, they (B.O.G) should be able to report to the concerned persons in the Ministry of Education to get permission to increase fees.

    “If any school increases school fees without passing through that procedure, it is to be punished,” Muyingo said.

    Muyingo further urged parents to report any cases of school fees increase in their districts to the concerned personnel.

    He however advised them to take children to UPE and USE where they can afford the little.

    When we asked him whether there is no conflict of interest given that he is the minister in the education sector yet he owns multiple schools, Muyingo revealed that he was born in school and was born as a teacher.

    “I was breastfed from the business of being a teacher. It is where I grew up from and it is where I will die. I am Education myself, all my life I am thinking about teaching and taking care of children to see to it that they are able to get the knowledge that can help them in the future,” he asserted.

    Muyingo adduced that he does all this following the laws that govern the Education field and government.

    When asked about Art Teachers who complain about salary increments, Muyingo noted that they should not worry because in the near future, their salaries will be increased and government is determined to pay them.

    When we asked him about the Ministry of Education banning artists from performing in schools, he contended that children don’t get spoilt from schools, some students come to school when they are already spoilt and go ahead to spoil the ones they find there.

    “As the Ministry in charge, when parents complained after they were worried about their children becoming a mess, we decided to ban artists from going to schools. We want schools to be a place where children get discipline not where they get spoilt.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope and Joseph Luboyera

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