John Okumu, the manager Secondary Department at NCDC explains that in the Masaka district, they arrested five Boda boda riders impersonating teachers with fake letters during the reorientation program.
According to the Education Ministry, a number of gaps have been identified in the delivery of the two curriculums with some schools failing to use the abridged curriculum and implement the revised lower secondary curriculum.
The Ministry said that with the introduction of the abridged curriculum, schools should concentrate on teaching and assessing the learner’s competencies at the end of every topic to identify the learning gaps.
Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo, the State minister of higher education, says that parents with children in seed schools are only expected to provide their children with food, transport, uniforms and scholastic materials. He asks the parents to report school administrators asking for money outside the specified areas.
This is in line with the new lower secondary curriculum that was introduced by the government in 2020 for skills development. Each learner to be assessed under this program they have to pay 80,000 Shillings. John Okumu, the Manager Secondary department NCDC explains that due to the additional expenditure involved they decided to leave it optional to sit for the final assessment by DIT.
A school to qualify for a DIT assessment center number should be registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports, have the Uganda National Examination Board-UNEB center number, have more than five students, and facilities for the occupational practicals as well as trainers.
Charles Maginot, the Deputy Director of Education and Social Services in KCCA, says that the increase may look minor but given the effects of the lockdown that led to the closure of schools, registering an increase in girl child enrollment in educational institutions is great news.
Officials at the NCDC say they are receiving complaints from some schools about the delays to get textbooks to guide them to deliver the new lower secondary curriculum whose implementation started in 2020.
Dr. Bernadette Nambi, the Deputy Executive Director NCDC noted that the teacher training institutions are expected to ensure that the forthcoming student teachers are conversant with the new lower secondary curriculum.
John Okumu, the Manager of Secondary Department at NCDC, explains that they found it crucial to embark on the process of reviewing the A-level curriculum before the pioneers of the new lower secondary curriculum, which was rolled out in 2020 transit to senior five.
The education standards department that is supposed to monitor and ensure that the schools implement this curriculum are receiving reports from stakeholders that some schools are still teaching the lower secondary classes on the old curriculum.
Godfrey Mubiru, the Director of Studies at Nakasero senior school, says that they took the decision to allow the learners to use smartphones to facilitate the implementation of the new lower secondary curriculum.
Mubiru explains that they found it important as a school to allow the learners to use the phone due to the demands of the new lower secondary curriculum that is more learners centered and hands-on.
The academic year 2022 began on January 10, but the schools in Kampala under the Universal Primary Education –UPE schools have not yet received the funds.
All schools benefiting from the capitation grant are expected to use the funds on purchasing scholastic materials (taking 35%), administration (10%), emergency expenditure (20%), co-curricular activities, and school management (15%).
Michael Wanyama, the board executive director explains that due to the high demand from the continuing students with financial constraints, they presented a budget of 4.5 billion shillings to cater for 1000 continuing students.