UCU VC urges government to reduce operational tax on private Universities

The Vice Chancellor Uganda Christian University, Rev. Canon Dr.John Senyonyi has asked the government to reduce operational taxation charged on private Universities, so that they are easily enabled to develop. Ssenyonyi made this call while speaking during the 7th part of the 18th Graduation ceremony of 136 students at Bishop Barham University College, a constituent college of Uganda Christian University Mukono, a function that was held yesterday March 16 at the College Multipurpose Hall at Rugarama hill, in Kabale Municipality. Ssenyonyi said that though the Church of Uganda established various…

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Rukiga teachers protest six months arrears nonpayment

Over 70 primary teachers in Rukiga District are protesting government’s failure to pay them their salaries for the last six months. The teachers, who claim that they last received salaries in August 2017, say they are planning to lay down their tools, until their salary arrears are deposited onto their accounts. One of the affected teachers from Nyeikunama Primary School, who preferred anonymity, told our reporter that they have repeatedly petitioned the Rukiga Chief Administrative Officer over the matter in vain. The Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU National Chairperson, Zadock Tumuhimbise,…

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Mak To Stop Providing Food To Students

Makerere University authorities have unanimously voted to stop providing meals in the halls of residence, effective June, this year. Currently, food is given to two categories of students, both government resident and non-residents. The university says government students’ number about 6000 with about 2000 being residents at the campus. But, speaking to journalists yesterday, the University Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe said that the position was reached at a recent council meeting where a report from the Finance and Planning Committee of Council presented findings of the survey conducted among…

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Makerere University lecturer suspended over sexual harassment

Makerere University has suspended, Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration-SWASA on allegations of Sexual Harassment. The suspension was sanctioned by Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, saying it will allow smooth investigations into allegations labelled against him. The University Senior Publicist, Ritah Namisango says that Prof. Nawangwe has also set up an Investigation Committee to handle the matter at hand. She, however, says that the names of the investigation Committee members are withheld, given the sensitivity of the matter. Dr Kyomuhendo…

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Parents Demand End to Automatic Promotion Of Learners

Parents in Kabale district are calling for an end to the automatic promotion of learners in government primary and secondary schools. They argue that the policy has led to a drastic decline in education standards across the country because many children are promoted to higher classes, regardless of the inability to  read and comprehend English language and solve simple numeracy equations. Peace Mworozi, a parent from Kigata Primary School in Kyanamira Sub County says that automatic promotion undermines the objectives of education as a catalyst for eliminating poverty and illiteracy…

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UACE 2017: 1,141 students fail, results of 79 candidates withheld as girls outperform boys

The Ugandans National Examination Board (UNEB) has registered a decrease in the performance of students who sat for the 2017 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in examination. Releasing the 2017 UACE results, the board’s executive secretary, Daniel Odongo says that only 34,819 students obtained at least three principal passes while 26,122 were able to obtain two principal passes. “1,141 students have failed to any principal pass in the exams,” says Mr Odongo. He notes that at the minimum, two principal passes required for university admission, 60,941 candidates (60.7%) qualify. He…

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M7 blames decline of education to poor management

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has attributed the decline in quality of education in the country to ineffective management of education institutions. The president’s observation was contained in a speech read for him by the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Ephraim during Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Kigezi College Butobere in Kabale Municipality, yesterday. Museveni noted that despite government investing in Universal Primary and Secondary Education, education standards have not improved due to poor management. Museveni also warned the youth against HIV/AIDs scourge saying that a free diseases generation fosters…

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Kakumiro officials close six schools

More than 500 pupils are stranded following the closure of six private schools in Nkooko Sub-county, Kakumiro District after they were found running below minimum operational standards. The schools were closed on Tuesday during an operation conducted by the district education department in conjunction with the police. The schools closed include God is Able Nursery and Primary School, Blue Angels School, St Owen, Trinity Academy, St Balikudembe School and Kahyoro Primary School. The Kakumiro District Education Officer, Mr William Baleke, on Tuesday said most of the schools were found operating…

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Education authorities reject the handover report of outgoing head teacher

KABALE-Education authorities in Kabale municipality and the Butobere primary school management committee have rejected the handover report of the school’s outgoing head teacher, Dionysius Aryahebwa, citing lack of accountability of funds. Aryahebwa, who has been acting as the school head teacher for the last two years, was yesterday supposed to handover to Caroline Kiiza, but was denied, after he failed to account for the Parents  Teachers  Association-PTA funds and funds from the nursery section. He told Board members that he collected 1,323,000 shillings as PTA and spent 1,389,500 shillings, but…

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Rukiga MP awards best PLE performers with mattresses

The Rukiga District Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi has advised learners to avoid bad peer groups if they are to excel. The Legislator made this call yesterday while handing over 145 mattresses to each of the candidates who scored first grade in the 2017 Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE in Rukiga district. The function was held at Rwamucucu sub county headquarters. Kamusime said that bad peer groups lead learners get involved in evil acts hence affecting their future. The Rukiga District Education Officer Vastine Beyendera, called for cooperation between…

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