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South Sudan union of private schools rejects new tuition fees structure issued by government

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South Sudan’s general education ministry issued an order stopping private schools from increasing school fees this year. The deputy minister for general education told reporters in Juba on Thursday his ministry has received several complaints from parents across the country accusing private schools of charging exorbitant tuition fees and some schools demanding the fees be paid in dollars. A union representing private schools said it will not abide by the ministerial order.

NUP official candidate defeated in Makerere guild race amidst support from party leaders

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By Whisper Eye

NUP official candidate defeated in Makerere guild race amidst support from party leaders. Whisper Eye News

National Unity Platform (NUP) official candidate Oguttu Aaron has been defeated by Independent candidate Ssempijja Ivan on Friday evening 7th May 2021.

Mr Ssempijja Nup leaning emerged the winner and declared as the 86th Makerere Guild President.

Oguttu was declared NUP flag bearer amidst contest from Nalukwago Judith supporters who was denied the party ticket and later disqualified by the University administration.

Ms Nalukwago and two other candidates backed Mr Ssempijja thus clearing his chances of emerging victorious.

Many NUP leaders including party secretary general David Luis Rubongoya endorsed and campaigned for Mr Oguttu, but their support couldn’t save him from humiliation.

Mr Ssempijja scored 3112 votes followed by Oguttu Aaron with 1833 votes and and Bbosa Edwine managed to get 248 votes.

Ssempijja will succeed Julius Kateregga who was recently elected Lord Councilor representing Makerere University on NUP ticket.

During his campaigns Mr Ssempijja promised to handle all student related issues including the unfair increase of tuition fees, dismissal of students from the University among others.

Marking 2020 Exams Might Delay as Examiners Fail to Turn Up

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The Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) might fail to mark 2020 national examinations in the required time as some examiners have failed to turn up at the marking centres.  

This year, the examinations board was expecting 2,000 examiners at the designated 40 centres to mark the three sets of examinations including Primary Leaving Examinations, Uganda Certificate of Education, and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education.   

Lamwo teacher wanted for allegedly inciting students to strike.

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The Police in Lamwo district is investigating a biology teacher at Kuc Ki Gen Secondary School in Padibe West Sub County for allegedly inciting students to strike.

Last week, senior three students staged a strike protesting failure to teach them Biology and Mathematics. The students also accused the school authorities of not replacing the teachers who were transferred to other schools.

Schools in Agago District Yet to Receive UGX42M Maintenance Funds

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Government-aided primary schools in Agago district are yet to receive funds disbursed for maintenance works during the coronavirus lockdown.

The funds worth over 40 million shillings were disbursed last year in August by the Ministry of Education to facilitate the maintenance and cleanliness of school compounds, classrooms and overseeing the safety of school property regularly following the closure of schools.

The Health and Education Sectoral committee chairperson Aldo Okwera says that the ministry sent the money after it was observed that the schools in the entire country had become too bushy and their property prone to theft and vandalism.

Billions worth of Self-Study materials rot unused in school stores

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Self-Study Materials that were distributed to schools as part of the interventions to supplement teaching-learning activities in covid19 disrupted learning period are gathering dust in stores. 

The Ministry of Education contracted three different publishers including; Baroque Publishers, MK Publisher, and Fountain Publisher to print and distribute 5.43 million copies to benefit learners in upper primary and lower secondary. 

By the end of February this year most schools had received the materials which are designed in textbook format with guidelines requiring headteachers to specifically give out the books to individual learners as they came back to school in a staggered manner.

Half-Term is Strictly for Marking Centres Only, Education Ministry Clarifies

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The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Sports, Alex Kakooza

The Ministry of Education and Sports has clarified on the half-term that was provided to schools that are going to be used as marking centres for the 2020 National examinations.

A total of 40 schools, mainly located in Kampala, Wakiso, and Mukono districts, were selected by the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB to host marking centres starting on April 26. 

Private Schools Understaffed as Teachers Abandon the Profession

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Some private schools around Kampala and Wakiso are operating while under staff, while others have resorted to hiring part time teachers.

The unstable situation in schools has resulted from some private teachers abandoning the profession to concentrate on their private businesses, hence leaving the schools in dilemma.

During the lock down a number of teachers that in private schools were reported to have struggled to make a living, as their employers could not afford to continue paying them on grounds that their only source of income was fees paid by learners on a termly basis.

Schools in Gulu Struggling to Get Senior One Students Back

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Several secondary schools in Gulu City have recorded a drop in the number of learners in Senior One who resumed classes two weeks ago. 

Like all other schools, they reopened their doors for the return of non-candidates, who had stayed home since March 18, 2020, when schools were closed to forestall the spread of coronavirus disease.  But they are recording just a fraction of the learners they had before the closure.

The school authorities say some students have either dropped out of school or their parents have transferred them to other schools while a significant number of parents are facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19.

National Budget Increased to UGX 44.7 Trillion

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The Ministry of Finance has further increased the budget for the financial year 2021/2022 from the initial 41.3 Trillion Shillings to 44.7 Trillion Shillings.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the increase is due to an additional 500 Billion Shillings for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and the decision to borrow more money externally.  

Last week, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija tabled a budget of 41.2 trillion shillings for the next financial year, which was a reduction of 4.3 Trillion Shillings from last year’s budget.

Fire destroy Kampala International University buildings

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Fire destroy Kampala International University buildings. Whisper Eye News

Kampala International university canteen buildings have been destroyed by a huge fire yesterday.

At around 9:30 PM a huge fire broke out at the main canteen buildings destroying them beyond recognition.

Kabale School under fire for detaining primary seven candidates over unpaid Fees

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The management of Victorious Preparatory school in Kabale district is under fire from education authorities for detaining two primary seven candidates over unpaid fees.

The school director Julius Arineitwe and head teacher, Justus Bataringaya and administrator, Godfrey Asasire reportedly detained Swaleh Junior Mayanja, 13, and Swahaba Selemba, 11, both sons of Swaleh Mayanja after the completion of their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) last month for alleged to clear third term tuition worth Shillings 1.64 million.  

Seeta high school missing student found

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Akandida Joshua a senior six student at Seeta High School who had gone missing days before sitting for the Uganda Advanced Certificate Examinations (UACE) exams. has been found.

Akandinda was returning to school from home on April 6th 2021 but never made it to school. Relatives say he has been found