Vicent Elong, the national chairperson of Uganda Professional Science Teachers Union -UPSTU says as scientists in the teaching profession under their union they are not going to look on as the UNATU leaders continue to sabotage them hence vowing to fight for their rights through their Union but also calling upon fellow teachers to embrace the initiative positively as it’s a milestone to the teaching profession in total.
Annet Kyomuhendo, the District Probation Officer says for the year 2020 they registered 408 girls and for the year 2021 there has been an increase and they have registered 606 girls. She blames this on the continued closure of schools.
Speaking at the 6th annual East African Communications Association-EACA conference convened virtually at Uganda Christian University, Okwakol said that institutions should consider developing approaches favouring companies offer mentorship to students.
More learners with support from their parents are increasingly considering changing their line of education from academics to concentrate on vocational.
Patrick Byakatonda, the executive director Directorate of Industrial Training -DIT encouraged such parents to embrace the initiative that was designed by the DIT targeting people with no qualification.
Dr Lorna Magara, the Chairperson of Makerere University Council noted that one of the major challenges in handling perpetrators of sexual harassment is that the University cannot suspend implicated staff beyond three months.
Geoffrey Magomu, the headteacher of Magada primary school in Mbale City Northern Division, says that they last released salaries in July this year. He explains that they were forced to storm the Mbale City offices after seeking an explanation from the city education officer in vain.
A report from the district education department shows that some of the school classroom blocks collapsed whereas others have developed cracks because of being submerged resulting from the rising water levels.
The Finance Committee Chairperson, Komakech Geoffrey Okumu, says that they discovered that the UPE capitation grant released in the 4th quarter of the 2020/2021 financial year did not reach eight schools without clear explanation prompting them to order a special audit.
In Kyarumba primary school, thugs made off with metallic doors from the newly constructed latrine. Mainja says that the status of most schools in the district is appealing, which might affect their re-opening next year.
Allan Lokot, a government-sponsored student in his third year, argues that the allowances help them to meet costs beyond food and residence. He explains that students like him save off this money to buy handouts, basic requirements like airtime for online lectures and hostel necessities.
Speaking at the National Teachers Day celebrations at Kololo ceremonial grounds, Filbert Baguma the UNATU General Secretary noted that the idea of preferring science teachers is wrong and a sign of discrimination among the teachers and other government workers who are not scientists.
Through its General Secretary, Filbert Baguma, UNATU noted that as the planned school reopening draws closer, the government needs to look at means of expanding the existing school infrastructure and recruit more teachers.
The school deputy head teacher Michael Ocan Ocan says Okee was suspended in April this year and ever since he has persistently been petitioning his office and that of the chairperson Parents Teachers Association and the School Management Committee to consider reinstating him in service.
RDC Fatuma Ndisaba says this is the only way teachers in private schools have been surviving unlike their counterparts in the government schools who keep receiving their normal salaries. David Kiwalabye, a teacher from one of the private schools wonders whether the President closed schools or he banned teachers from teaching.
Mbarara City Mayor, Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, says they are aware of the challenges with transport for the technical staff and started budgeting for the vehicles in the previous financial year but prioritized buying road equipment.
Kampala Diocesan communications officer Ivan Naijuka, says from the start of discontinued religious education classes, a major concern for parents was if or when their children would receive first Communion or confirmation sacrament.
According to the District Internal Security Officer David Aisu, the parents argue that through the structured communal lessons parents would convene few learners in the upper classes not exceeding more than twenty from within a cell or village and identify a teacher to conduct lessons.
Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the Bishop of Kiyinda-Matyana diocese and Chairperson of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, is concerned that the new curriculum intends to relegate the teaching of ‘Latin’, which has a central position in the Catholic Church.