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VIDEO: Gov’t Should Pay All Teachers’ Salaries, Schools Bills And Give All Schools Food Relief If They Are To Re-open Them – Musician Jose Chameleone…

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Musician Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone has advised government to pay salaries for all teachers including those in private schools and schools bills if they are to reopen them.

In a five minute video on his social me page, the Lord Mayor aspirant warned that it would be suicidal to send kids back to school without a proper plan because currently, every parent is struggling financially.

“On Monday 18th May, when the President made his speech on easing the lockdown, I felt that many issues were not addressed well. I have picked only three – Schools, Public transport and small businesses – for today, to respond. I have made mention of their status and presented a number of Proposals for us and the state to consider,” he said.

Here is his video:

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LDC Defies M7’s Directives On COVID19, Releases Timetable For Online Studies And Warns Students To Dress Decently… 

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Uganda Christian University (UCU) will have to borrow a leaf from Law Development Centre (LDC) on how to by-pass presidential directives during the fight against COVID19 and continue teaching their students.

During one of the COVID19 addresses, President Museveni issued a directive where all learning institutions were closed until further notice. The president also discouraged online learning arguing that not all students have the necessary online learning equipment.

In April this year, Uganda Christian University (UCU) petitioned parliament to allow the university to conduct exams online.

However, the education Minister Janet Museveni protested the move and she was supported by the President and the university was stopped from conducting these exams.

However, the Law Development Centre (LDC),  an institute that acts as the final step for any lawyer to become an Advocate has defied the presidential directive of closing all the learning institutions.

In a communication exclusive obtained by this website from the head of department, post graduate legal studies and legal aid Annette Karungi to all bar course 2019-20 students, the online revision session is expected to start on 11th may 2020.

According to the communication, Karungi states that the study shall be conducted using multiple applications like zoom with the guidance of the department of information technology. However, a number of students have protested the institute’s move of online studies citing various issues.

Students claim that they have been hit hard by the COVID19 crisis and thus don’t have money to buy data. Others claim they left their laptops in Kampala.

This website separately talked to a number of students who informed us that most of their classmates went back to their villages and cannot access any network to communicate with their colleagues in Kampala.

In responding to all these issues, Karungi stated that, “Attendance by all Bar course students is highly encouraged and recommended but not mandatory. Since for now we are not resuming the academic term, attendance requirements will not be enforced. For now online learning is voluntary,” she said.

She said that even though learning is going to be online, students should dress decently. She further warned that students who don’t keep time shall not be allowed by facilitators for late-coming.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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OPINION: Tears Of Teachers In Uganda: Help Us Please! No One Is Well Since We All Stopped Earning In February….

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Fellow Ugandans,

Irrespective of where you reside, rural or urban, Colleagues in the Teaching Fraternity, other professionals, ladies and gentlemen.

I sincerely salute you all.

I am exceeding honoured to share this a voice which I believe will be a significant addition to the rest of the written text that have so far been circulated or forwarded to perhaps quiet authorities.

My name is Kalibo Dan. I am a male teacher in one the Prominent Primary Schools in a certain Division, Kampala District.

Before this school which changed my negative experience, I have worked with three renowned Primary Schools in the Central Districts of Uganda, and closely associated with over 50 Private and government aided Primary and 10 secondary Schools in the Central, Western, Eastern and Northern Uganda. In addition, I have had chance to interact with over 5000 teachers on my social media platforms and in the “job search” environment.

I have also had chance to interact with many people across Professional Boards of qualification and if I am to mention a summary of my message, this mother profession, Teaching, is in a total mess.

This post intends to relay the outcry that the Teachers of our motherland, Uganda have as of now.

  1. Let me hope our leaders have not forgotten that whoever went to school went through a Teacher’s Hand, including the “scientist” who of late has become part of the lyrics in our *Noble* new song of war led by our President “THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS”

I want quote once again that the ROOSTERS of today were once eggs that were carefully handled at incubation to become so.

This clearly tells me that whatever we want as a better standard of our tender nation should begin today.

“A better and committed scientist or Doctor you need tomorrow should be handled today at school level, right from Kindergarten to University” all those are levels under a teacher, irrespective of what they teach(Science or Arts).

This drives my point home, a scientist needs to communicate findings in a precise and exact manner. All observations are communicated and this is usually the work of basic art subjects. I am a primary teacher and I teach all subjects, but I feel challenged when I hear the professional beginning to give birth to sub-groups, that not only sound by name, but also by the privilege settings.

My major points are not basically on the disparities in my profession. They are also in relation to other professions. Teachers belong to formal employment systems. In this testing time of COVID-19 we have had a need to have them mentioned in anticipation of when schools will resume. Some components of the private sector and its employees have been appreciated partly, but when it comes to private schools as yet another component, not a single word has been heard according to the utterances made by different officers in response to COVID-19 response so far.

The hint of the matter above can be made categorically clear to stand in the ongoing help given in form of home supplies and food. No mention of a teacher in a private school has ever been heard. Before I put a request on behalf of over 2000 teachers, let me remind our leaders of the following:

  1. All schools and institutions of learning broke off on 20.03.2020 by noon.
  2. All private schools and institutions depend on fees collections. These collections always strike 50% when the parents have visited their children at school (for primary and secondary), others clear fees towards the end of the month. All these had not happened by the closedown.
  3. All private institutions have infrastructure managed and developed by the proprietor(s) who also need to collect something in form a profit for their own families and life.
  4. All private schools pay tax to the government.
  5. Most private schools operate on mercy to acquire school dues from their clients(parents). Such schools even fail to pay their teachers during holidays, and they don’t have a full operational legal framework in the management of their schools. In this case, many teachers come and leave due to lack of formal employment procedures, which even see them miss their salaries.

As I write now, many teachers are saying that schools had not yet paid them for the arrears of February, March came in when we broke off, April ended and now May is in a cue. How are those teachers surviving?

The above crisis cuts across. There are instructions which pay teachers per lesson especially secondary school teachers, private tutors and lecturers. Have our leaders tried to think about how those teachers are living with their families?

  1. In a simple summary, teachers, especially those working with private schools, and those in government aided schools but working on PTA basis need great help in form of home supplies and food.

I am reliably informed by some of my colleagues that some parents can easily be persuaded to host private teachers for hire at their individual homes. Since the fear to die of hunger is close to the mind of teachers instead of catching the Novel Coronavirus, they will opt for that and the two parties will not have any safe landing, since the virus could be eagerly waiting for that opportune moment.

7 *Call for help!*

Dear Hon Minister of Education and First lady, Maama Janet Kataha Museveni and our dear President of the Republic of Uganda, I am using the simple voice to reach you through this simple means, accord us the necessary help! No one is well since we all stopped earning in February, even those in government schools.

We have begun to admire what we didn’t qualify for like being DJ’s, Journalists, Drivers, telcom service providers (who at times are even our risk to meet fraudulent businesses) Nurses, etc. because they have been supported, yet we’re here starving and they went all through our Mighty Profession, Teaching. Please reach out for TEACHERS!

  1. *Prayer*

The COVID-19 Pandemic situation has helped us to learn bigger lessons circumstantially, and we need to even think about our Education system and assessment so that the panic and worries lessen the next time we’re faced with the same or related challenges as a nation.

We pray to the Almighty God to give you more wisdom as our leaders, and to grant our nation a wider gap to escape the projected effects of this invisible enemy!

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there,” quotes Lewis’s Carrol of Alice. Indeed we don’t know but we shall overcome!

I am KALIBO DAN

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

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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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