The 19 schools that were not cleared to reopen however, included 4 primary schools that did not intend to re-open anyway, as they did not have enough candidate learners to justify opening, and instead opted to refer the few children to other schools of the parents' preference.
The export of labour has become increasingly recognized worldwide as a pro-poor export strategy with significant development impacts especially in the poorest countries of the world according to the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda. By January 2019, Uganda Labour export was estimated to bring into the country up to USD 1.2 billion (about 5.5 trillion Shillings).
The scheme is meant to offer skills to thousands of children who graduate from universities with knowledge and no practical skills to fit within the job market. It is based on the fact that a number of Universities immensely focused on literacy and numeracy skills as opposed to practical skills.
Connie Kekihembo, the Executive Director of the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Uganda says that young people with a physical disability and those with other impairments are mocked whenever they visit health facilities to enrol for family planning services. This was based on data collected from Mukono and Luweero districts, last year.
The students Parliament resolved, on Monday, to impeach the guild president Byron Luswata on grounds that he was corrupt, selfish, arrogant and lacked leadership skills. He was accused of embezzling up to 20 million Shillings of the guild council and about 3.2 million Shillings meant for the health week activities at the University.
Led by Wilberforce Otim, the students accuse their guild of embezzling Shillings 20 million meant for the guild council; another Shillings 3.8 million meant for Health Service Delivery in and failure to settle grievances among students.
A group of residents led by Maria Assumpta Nakamya, a councilor at Entebbe Municipality, say that a move has been initiated to sell off all municipal properties including land such as the children’s park. Nakamya wants the municipal authorities to stop further allocation of the children’s park land to investors.
In an internal memo, Nkumba University administration, says the staff were laid off as part of the efforts by management to upgrade and improve service delivery. “We strive to restructure the university setting so as to improve the quality of services we offer to our people across the country,” reads part of the memo. Some of the affected employees have reportedly started mobilizing students to oppose their sacking.
A 2016 Ministry Education Abstract indicates that vocational schools in Uganda have up to 63285 students with 5191 instructors, with 2996 instructors in government Institutions. The Abstract also indicated that only a handful of the instructors are fully equipped with basic skills in vocational training.
Richard Okello, the National Executive Commissioner, Uganda Scouting Association, says the facility is severely underutilized. The facility is only utilized during the national scout camping in August and December. Apparently, UPDF uses it to train marine soldiers.
Annet Siima, the principal education officer in department of special needs at the Ministry said the exercise saw 2,101 children from different schools in the central region including; Luwero, Nakasongola, Gomba, Jinja, Mityana among others receiving hearing aids.
Katunguka says, there should be proper communication between all the university governing bodies and the Staff associations so as to create an environment that allows all the staff at the university to understand how the institutions are run.
John Ssempebwa, the Deputy Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board says that teaching heritage education, students will have a better appreciation of their heritage. He says that the inter-school history competition is meant to make history and culture more interesting to the young people.
The conductors were installed in eleven Primary and secondary schools in the municipality. However, the conductors in six schools have so far been stolen in Kigungu, Lugonjo and Manyago Primary Schools leaving school children vulnerable to lightning.
The engagement which involves the teaching of life and vocational skills will have several teachers employed by the municipal council travel to Wuhan, China to learn better teaching skills and later return to train their colleagues
Government pushed the start of the first school term from February 1st to February 22nd after the presidential and parliamentary elections on February 18th. However, there has been anticipation of post-election violence, making many parents wary of taking their children back to school.
Musinguzi says the centre has already contacted Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology to initiate courses that can be accredited by the National Council for higher education.