Rejected Biomedical Science students to be admitted at MAK

Makerere University Admissions Committee has agreed to admit a group of students, whose initial qualifications had been rejected by the Allied Health Professional’s Council. The students initially graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. However, the degree programme was not registered with the Allied Health Professional’s Council, which meant that its raduates could not obtain requisite Certificates and Licenses as registered Health Workers. As a result, Makerere guaranteed that students would be allowed to enroll for a five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, which they would join in…

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First Lady Janet Museveni Visit to Makerere University

The First Lady and Education and Sports Minister Janet Kataaha Museveni visited Makerere University on Monday April 23,2018 to officiate at the Makerere University Bilateral Research Programme Annual Review Meeting. She also was led to a guided tour of the USD 29.2 m buildings constructed with a loan from the African Development Bank to the Government of Uganda acquired in 2013 to improve science and technology in Higher Education Institutions. The two modern centralized teaching facilities  are meant to address the problem of limited teaching spaces in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences-CHUSS, College…

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Kabale Parents Protest Sexuality Education Framework by MoE

Some parents in Kabale District are protesting the proposed Sexuality Education framework, recently approved by the Ministry of Education and Sports, allowing schools to teach primary school pupils “dating and courtship.” The framework, expected to be unveiled by the Ministry of Education this month, has clustered learners into five groups targeting pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. It is in upper primary cluster targeting learners aged 10 to 12 years, that dating and courtship topics will be introduced. Areas to be covered in the upper primary cluster under dating and…

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MUK Council to abolish gov’t sponsorships

Makerere University Council, the supreme governing body of the university, has passed a resolution seeking to abolish government scholarships and replace them with loans for all university students. The University Council headed by Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem made the recommendation while responding to the 2016 Visitation Committee Report. The visitation committee report proposed that Makerere implements a diversified funding model on international best practices so as to make the university financially sustainable. The decision reiterates the recommendation by the Higher Education Students Financing Board-HESFB to the education committee of parliament…

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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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