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    UNEB Speaks Out On Allegations That They Are Asking For Registration Fees From Candidates During COVID-19 Lockdown…

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    Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) has refuted allegations that they are asking parents who have students in candidate classes to pay their registration fees during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    In a letter dated 26 April 2020, signed by Jennifer Kalule Musamba, the Principal Public Relations Officer,  UNEB says, “Our attention has been drawn to an open later to the Minister of Education and Sports alleging, among others that UNEB is stressing parents to starting registration and demanding for examination fees at this time when the nation is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    They add, “This is completely false. Online registration of candidates for 2020 examinations was due to start on 1st April 2020. However, H.E. the Preident announced a number of measures aimed at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, which included the closure of schools. Accordingly, on March 19, 2020, UNEB communicated to the public that ‘the registartion of candidates would be put on hold until schools resume’. This still stands as the official position of the Board. UNEB has not sent out any other notice about the commencement of registration oe demanding payment of examination fees from schools.”

    “The board has also learnt that there are people who are making telephone calls to parents purporting that UNEB is now demanding for examination fees payment. Whoever receives such a call should ignore it as it is most likely the work of a fraudster,” they further warn.

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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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