Education minister warns against PTCs operating without minimum requirements

By Deo Wasswa

The 2018 examination results for grade three teachers’ Certificate in primary teacher education have been released today by the minister for education Janat Kataha Museveni.

The results show there was a slight improvement in all subjects except mathematics where the average performance was at 72.2% compared to 85.5% in other subjects.

A total of 11164 candidates registered for the examinations as compared to 15944 who sat for the same examinations in 2017.

The results show that the best done subjects were Agriculture education, integrated production skills, early childhood education, physical education, local language education, professional education studies, social studies education, and religious education.

The examinations were done in 58 examination centers of which 46 are government and 12 privately owned.

The results further show that out of 11164 candidates who sat the examination, 7304 passed, 3316 failed and 554 are ungraded.

The results also show that only 16 distinction was registered, 725 credits and 263 passes.

The best two performing colleges in order were, Rukungiri PTC in Rukungiri district and Canon Apolo PTC in Kabalole district, all of them attained an overall percentage pass over 90%.

While releasing the results, Kataha has urged Primary teaching colleges not only to celebrate for the performance but should work tirelessly for a better quality of the education sector in the country.

She has also noted with concern that the ministry of education will not tolerate with those colleges that operate with less than 100 students and also those operating with no minimum required standards because it may lead colleges to produce half backed professionals.

Innovation fund to help with poverty alleviation

By Daudi Zirimala

The government of Uganda has come up with an Innovation Fund Frame work intended to promote innovators work by identifying those scientists who come up with innovations that help alleviate poverty.

This was revealed by the commissioner in the ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations Willy Ofwono Osinde saying the Innovation Fund framework was passed by parliament and through this fund the government will be able to support innovations in the country.

Speaking during the Academia Meet industry conference, Ofwono through this fund the ministry of science will be able to identify who qualifies for this fund most especially those innovators that come up with innovation that can generate household incomes.

The conference is intended to bridge the gap between the labor market and the education sector in partnership with action aid Uganda, silver bullet among others to bring together various stakeholders including policy makers, students, young innovators, employers and scholars to foster a discussion on career and opportunities in science, technology, industry and innovation fields under the them harnessing engineering, science and innovation for Uganda’s economic growth.

Speaking at the official opening, Didas Muhumuza,Extractives coordinator action aid Uganda said that there is visible misalignment between education sector and potential employers on the skill set and workforce requirements.

“Through collaborative efforts such as these, there can be full awareness of the skills the industry needs to achieve its goals to enable targeted actions such as expanding the skills base and inform employee development and hiring program,” said Muhumuza.

“In order for Uganda to fast track socioeconomic development, there is need for expansion of engineering capacity, we want to ensure that the workforce is suitably prepared for the current and future needs of the industry and the country,”said Maryanne Karamagi Executive director of Silver Bullet, the brain behind the Academia meet industry Convention 2019.

According to Vision 2040, Uganda intends to re-orient itself to make innovation the main driver of economic growth and the key pillar of competitiveness in trade and this necessitates drastic change of approach to education sector with full support from government and the private sector so that the linkage between Science, Technology and Innovation and economic development is strengthened.

Vocational and technical institutes examination results out

By Alice Lubwama
The directorate of industrial training and the Uganda business and technical examinations board has released results for vocational and technical examinations for October November,December 2818,indicating an improvement in the enrollment of candidates.

The results being released at office of the prime minister at function presided over by the first lady who is also minister of education Janet museveni show that female candidates still dominate business programs leaving the vocational programs to their male counterparts.

The overall enrollment of male students tripled that of females in technical programes.

Releasing the business and technical examinations, the
Executive secretary of UBTEB Onesmus oyesigye called for a campaign to attract more female in the technical training saying because this will reduce on the level of unemployment.

About 69candidates will have their results cancelled due to examination malpractices.

The vocational and technical examination bodies observed that most institutions we’re teaching subjects like soft skills,entrepreneurship,and mathematics with out the technical background affecting the performance of candidates in mathematics, English and computer aided drawing.

The regulatory bodies for the vocational and technical institutions also want the ministry of education to prevail over the instructions which are issuing certificates to candidates without them being assessed by these bodies.

UBTEB has also asked the first lady Janet Museveni to act as a role model for the young girls to attract them into vocational education.

Candidate classes registration slated for 1st April

By Deo Wasswa
Uganda National examinations Board (UNEB) has set 1st April, 2019 up to 31st May, 2019 as the Normal period for registration for all Primary Leaving Examination, Uganda Certificate Education and Uganda Advanced Certificate Examinations candidates.

In a statement released and signed by the UNEB executive secretary Daniel Odongo, is indicating that the registration will be through the Electronic registration process.

The statement also shows the fees that each candidate must pay according to the examination level.

The registration fee for PLE candidate is shs 34,000 per head and late registration is shs 68,000

For UCE, registration fee is 164,000 and additional fee for shs 15,000 for each private candidate. For UACE, registration is shs 186,000 and additional fee for each private candidate is shs 18,000.

The late registration fee per candidate for UCE and UACE is 50% of the total registration fee and the late registration will start on 1st June, 2019 and close on 30th June, 2019.

According to Odongo, the UNEB general secretary all UPE, USE and universal post O-level Education and Training (UPOLET) Candidates are expected to register during the normal registration since the fees will be paid by the government of Uganda.

Minister Muyingo worried about increasing school dropouts

By Daudi Zirimala
The State Minister for Uganda Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo is concerned about the reducing number of students finalizing the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education UACE

Speaking during the release of 2018 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) results at President’s Office, Kampala, Muyingo said that its unfortunate that a number of students drop out after registering for UACE which has to be followed by stakeholders to find out the reasons why numbers keep on reducing every year.

According to UNEB a total of 99,672 students registered for 2018 UACE out of who 53,359 are males and 41,313 females across the 2,217 centres in Uganda.

UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo said girls performed better, especially in arts subjects. However, Biology overall was the worst done subject.

Odongo, secretary says Girls constituted 41.4% of the candidates who sat for the exams.

“Whereas gender parity has been attained at UCE, at this level (UACE), the gap between males and females taking these exams is still wide with parity index of 0.7,” he said.

According to him, 98.5% of 101,269 candidates qualified for the award of UACE, including candidates who obtained at least one subsidiary level pass in a subject at principal level.

Results of 79 candidates from 24 centres have been withheld over malpractice and were seeking for assistance during the examinations, among other reasons,” she added.

History, Economics, Entrepreneurship Education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Art subjects have shown better performance in 2018 than in 2017

41,296 female candidates were registered in 2018 as compared to 41,932 female candidates who were registered in 2017.

Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol says there is a possibility that female students took up vocational studies available to them in preference to the UACE level.

“We note improvements in Physics and biology at subject level but a drop of performance at principal level,” she says.

Prof Okwakol says candidature has reduced by 2.9%.
“This trend has been observed since 2014. Entry figures continue to show that overwhelmingly number of candidates is opting for humanity subjects,” she adds.

According to her, allowing malpractice in exams will lead to low quality of the country’s human resource.

Mayiga encourages all parents to educate their children

By Daudi Zirimala
The Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has advised parents to pay much attention on education needs of their children than place much emphasis on material things of their children

Mayiga says when children are groomed and well educated they can manage the wealth of their parents and grow it.

Speaking during the 13th Graduation of Buganda Royal Institute of Business and Technical Education Mengo where over 1000 students were awarded diplomas in certificates in different disciplines, Mayiga said that passing on material things to an uneducated child is very disastrous.

“It’s important to prepare children adequately so that they realize the benefits of working hard because well groomed and educated children can generate their own wealth besides that of their guardians”, says Mayiga.

The principal of Buganda Royal Institute Anthony Wamala reiterated the need of hands on skills to students to enable them be innovative to solve problems affecting our people.

A total of 1482 students have graduated of whom 806 are Female students representing 54.3% and male students are 676 representing 45.7%.

UCE results out, 1825 results withheld

By Deo Wasswa
Uganda National examination Board has today released Uganda certificate examination results for the 2018.

According to the results, Female candidates have performed better than males in English language. In other large entry subjects, male candidates show better performance, with the difference more marked in mathematics and sciences.

Overall improvement in performance has been seen in English language, Islamic religious education and physics. Mathematics and biology have also shown improvement at the distinction level. However Christian religious education, history, geography, agriculture and chemistry showed some decline in performance and chemistry was the worst done subject.

With this performance, UNEB has noted that there is still a challenge in overall pass levels for science subjects where nearly half of the candidates have not archived the minimum pass 8.

A total of 330,721 candidates appeared for the 2018 examination compared to 320119 candidates who appeared for the examination in 2017.

Speaking during the release of the examination at statistics house in Kampala, the UNEB chairperson Mary Okwakol has noted that as result of extra measures that UNEB took to improve management of the UCE examination in the field, the number of cases for the which results are withheld has reduced drastically, from 4525 in the year 2017 examination to 1825 in the year 2018.

According to her, all cases of the 2017 withheld UCE results were investigated and the candidates were given fair hearing by the examinations security committee of the Board. “I am pleased to report that of the 4525 candidates whose results were withheld, 1977 were cleared and had their results released. Regrettably, results of 2548 candidates were cancelled’’. Okwakwol said.

The UNEB has also maintains an examination center at Luzira Prisons for the inmates to assist the Uganda prison services in their efforts at rehabilitation of offenders. The center registered 43 candidates, 40 candidates sat and 7 obtained division 2, 20 were in division 3, 11 in division 4 and 1 failed.

Government to stop all unlicensed schools from operating

BY Moses Kidandi

Results of Over 3000 candidates’ who sat for last year’s primary living examinations have been withheld by the National Examination Board (UNEB) over malpractice.The withheld results comprise mostly schools in the western district of Bundibujo .The Minister of Education First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni warned against examination malpractice and warned the perpetrators of serious consequences.

According to the results,a total number of 67193 candidates sat for the 2018 examination at 13072 registered centers across the country out of which 11% of the pupils who sat for PLE have qualified to join secondary education compared to 9.1% in 2017.

Boys out competed girls in performance with 41064 attaining division compared to 35529.

The First Lady advised parents that they need to follow up and find you if their children registered with UNEB.
Prof Marry Okwakol the Chairperson UNEB ,says there was an increase in candidature of 3.9 % in 2018 compared to 0.8 in 2017 Okwakol says malpractice in schools has been attributed to continued assistance by teachers who keep writing answers to pupils on chits but says the overall performance has improved and more candidates have qualified to join post primary institutions in 2018 the assessment of learner’s with special needs was well done with a Total of 1,128 candidates registering and seating the special needs exams.

The Secretary to UNEB Dan Odongo says a Total of 671,923 registered for PLE from 13,072 centers in her speech,Education minister Janet Museveni has emphasized that no private schools will be allowed to operate without a valid license.
She says Others closed before for non compliance will also be allowed to operate on condition that they fulfill all school operating requirements.
State minister for Education Rosemary Seninde is warning parents against taking their children in unregistered or closed schools.

The minister of Education Janet Museveni has further directed District Education Officers (DEOs) to carry out regular supervisions especially in places with poor performance.

Government launches graduate volunteer scheme

By Edwin Muhumuza

The government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MGLSD)with support from the United Nations Development Program have launched the Graduate Volunteer Scheme (GVS).

The project aims at contributing to efforts of addressing persistent employment challenges faced by Ugandan young graduates by leveraging volunteerism as an essential mechanism for skills development.
It aims to create employment avenues for young graduates while building capacity of national institutions, private sector and other partners to mainstream youth employment into their work places. This while ensuring young graduates have a full-on job package that includes coaching, mentor ship, linkages to role models to guide them along their career path.
‘This is our contribution to the national strategy to increase availability and quality of employment and enhance human capital in this country. Said Rosa Malango ,the UN Resident Representative.

Volunteers are matched depending on the available placement opportunities. The process of matching and placing volunteers is led by the selection committee and both volunteers and host institutions have opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Volunteers also go through a 3 days residential orientation training to induct them on their volunteer placements.

‘Through this scheme our aspirations is that total of 500 young graduates will be placed in various institutions for 12 months period at a time. During that time they will acquire skills related to their area of study.’ Malango added.
So far 100 graduates have been recruited, trained and placed,50% male and female,18% masters ,78% bachelors and 4% diploma/advanced certificate; and 5 graduates with disabilities.
On his part Permanent secretary Ministry of Gender Pius Birimana noted that ‘’This scheme is going to impart hands-on skill to graduates and should be noted that the future prosperity of this country depends ultimately on the number of persons in employment and also how productive they are at work’

According to the 2017 Uganda National Household Survey,78% of the population is below 30 years. Related to that every year about 600,000- 700,000 Ugandans enter the labor market,95% of whom are youth. Youth unemployment persists since many of them lack work experience, skills needed by the labor market plus limited connection to enterprise role models and innovative solutions.

Janet Museveni calls upon religious leaders to join struggle against early marriages

By Deo Wasswa

The first lady also the minister for education and sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has challenged religious and cultural leaders to break the cycle of teenage pregnancy and early marriage in communities.

Speaking during the commemoration of international day for girl child, Janet noted that if it means to arrest family members that have continue to marrying off children, should start now.

“Africa cannot continue in this direction where girls are being married off below 18 years.’’ Janet said. She noted that marrying off children at early age will contribute the creation of families that have no future.

She said cultural and religious leaders must be at the forefront in fighting early marriages and each priest or bishop should consider condemning early marriages whenever they are preaching word of God to believers in their respective churches or mosques.

Speaking at the same event, the UN resident coordinator Rosa Amalong has noted that the United Nations will continue to support the fight against girls up to the level where all communities in Uganda are declared early marriage free zones. She however expressed the concern over the high prevalence rates of HIV/aids among adolescents due to early marriages.

At the same commemoration, a section of girls called up on the government to track those schools that are not implementing the school re-entry policy for pregnant girls and young mothers as a way of addressing gender gaps in the education sector. The girls led by Nalumansi Faridah a 20 year old and a mother of two noted that many girls , who drop out of school due to pregnancy, are victimized by schools, fellow pupils and communities adding that the implementation of a re-entry policy would go a long way in improving retention levels for girls in schools.

Until recent years, the policy in government was that pregnant girls should be expelled from schools. However, this revised in 2009 with a directive allowing students to go back to school especially those in candidate classes to sit their final examinations.

Despite the policy being put in place, girls are still subjected to expulsion and suspension as a disciplinary measure to deter others from getting pregnant.

Since 2012, the United Nations marks 11 October as the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’. The day promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.