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    War As Minister Muyingo, Mulindwa Fight For Students

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    The State Minister for Higher Education JC Muyingo has been identified as a top rival for St. Mary’s Kitende School owner Lawrence Mulindwa. Mulindwa used to teach at Standard High Zana before resigning to start his school on Entebbe road. Kitende started when many schools in Wakiso were already very big and dominating the scene in UNEB exams.

    One of the giants of that time was St. Augustine College Wakiso also called SACCO. SAACO was ever the best in Wakiso private schools in UNEB and had over 2000 students. Muyingo was those days a member of UNEB’s security at that time. Muyingo was also heading Namugongo as the headmaster and Namugongo is in Wakiso too and was ever scared of Athanasius Mbuga who was the headmaster for SACCO. When SACCO got issues with UNEB and their center was cancelled, Mbuga’s fans and old students put the blame on his chief rival JC Muyingo. Many of the students were heard openly saying ‘that is Muyingo doing his intrigue on Mbuga’.  Mbuga’s old students and fans expected JC Muyingo to use his position on the UNEB security committee, which catches schools for cheating, to request UNEB bosses to forgive SACCO since it is also owned by the Catholic Church like Namugongo where JC Muyingo was headmaster. Many old students and diehard Catholics were of the view that SACCO’s problems boosted Namugongo SS and Muyingo started getting excess students. Some of these excess students would be advised to Seeta High which as per now has more than 3,000 kids. They started saying Mbuga’s downfall was Muyingo’s rise to start Seeta High because Wakiso district was now having fewer schools competing with Namugongo.
    Mbuga was arrested and kept in prison for months and SACCO never became the same again. Teachers left and the numbers of students drastically reduced and standards declined. The Catholic Church bosses
    tried to reconcile JC Muyingo and Mbuga but they dropped the plan when one of the two prominent Catholic headmasters told them ‘there is nothing between me and my brother’. Indeed the collapse of SACCO boosted Namugongo SS in Wakiso district and by extension Seeta High benefited because it got more cream students joining it and even the Mbalala campus came as a result of this boost after the 1st Seeta campus became too small. Seeta High and Namugongo SS clearly remained the biggest academic giants in Kampala metropolitan areas covering Wakiso and Mukono but the emergency of Kitende changed the puzzle.

    Muyingo with the Education minister Janet Museveni recently

    Namugongo SS remained on top but Seeta High was pushed down the ranking ladder and was no longer dominating the front page news like before on the day UNEB releases exams. Sources say this created bad
    blood between Muyingo and Mulindwa although they didn’t fight physically. Mind you Muyingo remained active and very interested in the events in the secondary school education sector even after joining politics for Bamunanika MP Seat. His supporters got scared of Mulindwa when rumors emerged the Kitende boss was going to become a minister in M7’s gov’t. Even if you are Muyingo that can frighten you. The two camps emerged; one group of the head teachers of smaller schools backed JC Muyingo and another Mulindwa of Kitende. For those who don’t know, these smaller schools benefit a lot when they are associated and
    pay allegiance to a bigger head teacher owning or running a bigger school like Seeta High, Namugongo or Kitende. They depend on these big schools for benchmarking to set standards for their own schools. The
    big school owners and headmasters can even act as guarantors to encourage the bank to lend money to the smaller ones. So the head teachers loyal to JC Muyingo’s camp started claiming the Kitende UNEB results ever topping Wakiso aren’t genuine but induced. All sorts of rumors were paraded and when that didn’t bring down Mulindwa, another rumor came up. This was on how Kitende was started. Muyingo’s fans started saying things meant to demonize Mulindwa and put him in a messby trying to make him look dirty like Mbuga on issues concerning UNEB exams. Each time UNEB scouts came in and asked tough questions regarding Kitende’s preparation for UNEB exams, Mulindwa’s fans would say that is JC Muyingo at work. The Mulindwa camp became more frustrated when MUK law school, with backing of Ministry of Education technocrats friendly to Muyingo, introduced pre-entry exams. To Muyingo’s camp, pre-entry exposed the artificial grades and good newspaper performance Mulindwa was boasting of for his Kitende. Fewer and fewer Kitende students were qualifying to enter the law school yet those of Seeta High and Namugongo were doing way much better. MUK professors like Kakungulu Mayambala would openly address students about pr-entry results and ask ‘where is Kitende? How come few of you are these days coming to MUK?’ This bullying approach by MUK dons excited JC Muyingo’s fans. The mocking by MUK dons meant that even MUK dons don’t trust the Kitende grades. On the other hand, Mulindwa’s fans took these MUK dons to be JC Muyingo’s proxies working to demoralize Kitende OBs and OGs at MUK.  The prestige and the swag for the Kitende OBs became demoralized and this would affect Mulindwa’s biz in the many years to come.  Mulindwa’s school with all this wolokoso still retained many students and scored highly in UNEB though the kids would fail pre-entry and this caused JC Muyingo’s fans to come up with another conspiracy theory. They started saying they know the full story of who started Kitende. They started claiming Mulindwa started Kitende with some other person who mysteriously ran mad and became incapacitated which made Mulindwa own the school alone. Theywould say ‘that man is bad he can’t look after the guy he started that school with’. When Mulindwa excelled in sports and got mob visibility for his Kitende school through football, the Muyingo camp fans started saying ‘that school will collapse he is diverting money to fund Victors FC and to build the stadium’. All this hasn’t come to pass and it remains to be seen what else the Muyingo fans will come up with against Mulindwa. Some months ago a rumor was spread that Mulindwa wants to join Parliament and wants Amelia’s Mawokota constituency.
    This was aimed at creating war between Mulindwa and Amelia the powerful minister of trade so that Mulindwa is crushed. Amelia ignored the rumor and told Mulindwa ‘don’t worry’. Meanwhile, Mulindwa’s camp
    will have a lot of catching up to do because their opponent JC Muyingo has gone beyond the two lucrative campuses and operates a primary school in Mukono and the St. Vincent Jr location. The primary section
    is also doing well with many pupils; Muyingo is estimated to collect more than 10bn from school fees every term from his different schools.
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    We Don’t Need To Be Threatened – President Museveni Warns Teachers Union Leaders…

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    President Tibuhaburwa Museveni

    President Museveni has assured teachers and key players in the education sector to stop using threats while pressurizing him into reopening learning institutions.

    During celebrations of the National Teacher’s day at Kololo, Museveni said they don’t have to be threatened.

    “”This lockdown time was for survival and am proud that we shielded our people from dying. We don’t need to be threatened. Why do you threaten me?” he asked.

    Museveni was responding to issues raised by Filbert Baguma the Secretary General Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) regarding the economic troubles faced by teachers who were put out of work as well as the increase in teenage pregnancies among the female learners who are stuck at home.

    “In Brazil they reached 600,000 deaths who died of corona. Here we have only seen 3000 deaths in one year and seven months. You think that is not important?” he asked.

    Having maintained total closure of learning institutions since March last year, Museveni says safeguarding the lives of learners supersedes any other concerns raised by stakeholders.

    “No amount of lost time is greater than lost lives,” he noted giving himself as an example of how he fought in the bush war to stabilize the country first.

    “The problem is some of you have not seen problems. I had to interrupt my life for 8 years in Tanzania fighting Idi Amin. Then 5 years in the bush that’s a total of 13 years. Is anybody better off than myself, the one who lost 13 years,” he emphasized.

    “The thing was to survive. Even if I lost time, if there is such a big danger it’s better than dying,” he added.

    Museveni emphasized that when they went to fight, some of the children left school and joined them in the bush and when they came back after many years of fighting, they started a Kadogo school in Mbarara and called them to resume their abandoned studies of which many of them are now doctors and what not.

    “You cannot compare death with losing time, jobs, money. That is reversible. I can lose today but tomorrow I will regain what I lost. But death is irreversible,” he said.

    First Lady and Minister of Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni revealed that so far 60% of the teachers have been fully vaccinated.

     

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    Higher Education Students’ Financing Board Awards 11,187 Students With Education Loans…

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    HESFB Executive Director Michael Wanyama

    The Higher Education Student’s financing board led by Executive Director Michael Wanyama has awarded loans to a total of 11,187 beneficiaries, 9,632 undergraduate degrees and 1,555 undergraduate diplomas.

    The board with funding from Government of Uganda set aside UGX6Billion to support 1500 new cohort of student loan beneficiaries and at least 100 continuing students in Academic year 2021-2022.

    “Beneficiaries to study 130 degree programmes and 76 undergraduate diploma courses mainly in Science Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) programmes,” he said.

    “These are programmes which have been identified in the subsequent National Development Plans as essential for Nation Development and critical in filling the current human resources gaps in the country,” he added.

    Wanyama noted that persons with disabilities can access loans to pursue any accredited Programme of their choice including Business and Humanities Programmes under affirmative action.

    “These courses are currently tenable at 22 Chartered Universities (10 public and 12 private) and 36 other Tertiary institutions in Uganda. The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has since 2014 been implementing the Student’s Loan Scheme, where qualified Ugandan students Loans in a bid to increase access to Higher education,” he said.

    He added, “I therefore announce to all prospective applicants that the Board is now open for applications for the 8th Cohort on the study loans under the Student’s Loan Scheme from eligible Ugandan students who have been admitted under the listed Undergraduate Diploma and Degree programmes for the Academic Year 2021-2022 in the Public Universities, Private Chartered Universities and the listed Other Tertiary Institutions.”

    About the Student’s Loan Scheme.

    The Higher Education Students Financing Board disburses fees to the successful Needy Students on a straight line basis and upon completion of Studies, they are offered a Grace period of 12months after which the maximum repayment period is twice the study duration.

    The scheme has added to the National stock of applied scientists in the four major areas of the Economy where in Health, the scheme has supported the training over 3,000 Health and Medical Personnel, over 2,000 Science teachers, 1,000 Agricultural experts and close to 3,000 Engineers among others.

    By Hope Kalamira

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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.

     

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