Faidat Abdulwahab, a first-year student pursuing a bachelor's degree in procurement and logistics management, says that forcing students to unveil is not only an infringement on their freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution of Uganda but also disrespectful. She equated the act to stripping a female in public.
According to Balunywa, if there was any other university in Uganda with resources that are available to Makerere, the oldest institution in the country would be no more, thus challenging its management to look at ways of ensuring that the existence of the great institution is felt in the communities. But Yusuf Kiranda, University Secretary, blamed it on bad press.
On Monday, the Minister in charge of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunisi, said that the Cabinet had resolved all Universal Primary (UPE) and Secondary Schools (USE) to stop charging learners any fees as schools reopen in January next year.
The aggrieved students claim they were not paid the upkeep allowances during the first semester following disruptions caused by Covid-19 lockdown. They accused the University of paying them 670,000 instead of 880,000 shillings in cumulative arears each.
In her November 23, 2021 letter, Mary Jossy Nakhanda Okwakol, the Executive Director NCHE has directed Vice-Chancellor of the Great Lakes Regional University Dorothy Kabugo to close for a month to enable thorough investigations into the ownership wrangles.
The cabinet that met on Monday agreed that government should abolish all forms of charges that have been collected from learners in Universal Primary Education-UPE and Universal Secondary Education –USE schools.
Due to the lack of a law supposed to put in place national examinations for these institutions administered by UBTEB, some institutions set and teach content that is not aligned to the set BTVET curriculum.
With hours to the scheduled meeting, Dr Denis Mugimba, the spokesperson of the education ministry, says that the invitation was not extended to parliament as an institution but rather members of parliament as leaders and stakeholders in the education sector.
In the petition, Eronda wants court to hold the school head teacher and his deputy liable for the losses he suffered since senior one. According to him, as a result of their conduct, Eronda has suffered special damages totaling to over twenty-four million shillings. This is the amount spent on school fees, transport and pocket money, uniforms and other school requirements.
Ssentumbwe says the ministry will liaise with police to ensure professionals are manning the drugshops and also prescribing animal drugs across the country, not just in Kampala where operations have been carried out so far this year.
The Belgium government through VVOB - Education for Development has invested Shs415 million to support piggery, horticulture and other crop farming arrangements, cattle keeping and aquaculture at the Mubende based NTC.
While many people are struggling to recover from the effects of the COVID-19, the story is different for Abbey Lukyamuzi, a youth living with disability in Masaka town, who has ventured into the reproduction and distribution of learners' home-school material in his area.
Safe Spaces was launched after the March 2020 directive by President Yoweri Museveni to have all schools and learners sent home following the outbreak COVID 19. The pandemic has since ravaged economies across the globe and killed over five million people.
Ayume’s remarks come at a time when several players in the education sector including fellow parliamentarians are tasking the education ministry to issue out an official road map for school reopening as the first step towards planning on resumption of physical teaching and learning activities.