Janet Museveni : Cheating in schools show inadequacies in the education system

By Deo Wasswa
Minister for education and sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has noted with great concern the increasing number of teachers are getting involved in circulation of fake examination papers to make money. Sadly, many schools fell victim of this and taught their candidates through the night, only for poor learners to find that the examination papers had very different content.

She noted this while releasing 2019 Primary leaving examination at Kampala parents school.

According to Janet, the corrupt and fraudulent action of these teachers caused candidates to perform poorly.

She has also commended the security agencies for arresting many of these criminals and hopes the courts of law will hand down appropriate punishments upon conviction.

She added that when school participate in buying these papers and teaching the content to the candidates overnight , it is a sign of serious inadequacies in the teaching / learning process in schools.

Uganda National Examinations Board has registered an improvement in the performance of the pupils who sat for the 2019 Uganda leaving examinations.

According to UNEB executive secretary Daniel Odongo, out of the Total Number of candidates 695,804 of which 336,040 (48.3) boys and 359,764 (51.7) are female who sat for exams,617,150 (90.4%) passed the exams.

According to the results,69,243 (10.1%) passes with division one,318,155 in second division and 140,420 in third division.

89,332 have passed in the forth division while 66,152 accounting for 9.6% are ungraded.

Odongo says that the performance of this year has improved silently compared to the performance of pupils who sat in 2018.

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.

Government will not give supplementary exams to pupils who missed out on their primary leaving exams.

Government  will not give supplementary exams to pupils who missed out on their primary leaving exams. While presenting a statement on the matter  before parliament this afternoon, the ministet of edication  janet museveni said  the 20 students from Iganga who missed their exams on their schools  were not registered and says that for those in Butambala and the ministry was still investigating.

Janet Museveni adds that by offering pupils additional exams cannot be done as this will set a bad precedent that will allow head teachers to fail to register students because they know they will have another opportunity.

She further noted that such exams should be done at the same time to ensure they are accessed in the same manner.

The first lafy also noted that they are enacting the UNEB bill that will give heavy penalties to head teachers that fail to register students and hope this will be able to discourage the practice.

The matter was raised in parliament on tuesaday tthis week by bunyore west mp james waluswaka  who requsted government to give supplementary exams to pupils who had missed PLE saying most of them were girls who would easily be married off by their parents.

Now hon Walunswaka urges the minister to reconsider her position, saying that if its an issue of costs members of parliament were willing to contribute to this noble cause to ensure these children do not miss out on their exams or else many of them who are girls amight end up in marriage at such young age.

The nation will miss a great educationist say minister Janet Museveni

By Segawa Robert
The first lady and minister of education Janet Museveni has described the late prof.Lawrence Mukiibi who died early this week as a great educationist.  Minister added that the nation will miss will miss him.
Speaking during the requiem mass at Rubaga Cathedral on Wednesday, the education minister said that the deceased lived a selfless life and worked to improve the education system of the country through his schools.
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala said that the deceased was a great pillar of education in both Uganda and East African region at large.
His children described him as one who lived a simple life of helping and mentoring others.

Education ministry to approve private and government school budgets

The Ministry of Education has directed both private and government schools to submit their school fees structures for the last three years not later than March, 10 2017. Schools will equally be expected to seek authorization before increasing charges.

The directive comes amid public outcry on the ‘unrealistic’ and ‘prohibitive’ school charges a trend which could deny Ugandan children access to education.

Last week, a Civil Society Organisation – the Initiative for Social and Economic rights (ISER), petitioned parliament challenging high tuition and non-tuition fees charged by government aided schools.

The CSO presented a breakdown of fees structures which they described as problematic citing non-tuition charges like development fees and entrance fees among others that need to be justified.

They presented a circular from St. Mary’ College Kisubi indicating special development fees of 500,000 Shillings required from each student prior to admission.

They also presented is an admission circular from St. Henry’s College Kitovu indicating payments like maintenance fees of to 391,600 Shillings, Centenary project fund of 120,000 Shillings, Pastoral care of 35,000 Shillings, and development fund 120,000 Shillings among others.

But Education Minister Janet Kataaha Museveni says that such exorbitant fees compromise government’s objective of providing affordable education for all.

She said that the fees are in most cases raised arbitrarily and without recourse to established official procedure which requires a head teacher who intends to raise school fees to seek and obtain official permission from the education ministry Permanent Secretary (PS).

She directed that no secondary school shall increase school charges for whatever reason without authorization from the Permanent Secretary Education Ministry.

Kataaha added that some secondary schools have been operating without approved budget estimates as required by the law.

She said that she has already instructed the education ministry PS Alex Kakooza to re-issue the existing guidelines that should be followed by all head teachers and secondary schools boards of governors and enforced by authorities at the central and local government levels.

Public Schools will be now required to submit their school fees structure to the commissioner in charge of government secondary schools while privately owned secondary schools shall submit to commissioner private schools and institutions.

Budget cuts will call for sacrifice from education sector players says Janet Museveni

Education minister Janet Museveni has told officials in her ministry to brave for tough financial times ahead of the anticipated budgetary cuts next financial year.

Speaking to journalists at the President’s Office today after releasing the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results, the minister acknowledged that the budgetary cuts will not only affect the education ministry but all other ministries.

According to the proposed budget framework paper for 2017-2018, the ministry of education and sports budget will be cut from 12% to 10%. She said that all ministries’ budgets will be cut to cater for funds for irrigation.

In the financial year 2016/17, the Ministry was allocated 2.7 trillion Shillings which is likely to drop by 2%.

The minister, who is also the First Lady, noted that because because of the shortages of food in the country due to climate change, the government will focus on irrigation to boost agriculture.

She appealed to members in the education sector to be ready to sacrifice.

Museveni however said that funding should not explain the poor performance or failure to have education in the country. She added that parents in rural areas must play a role and not leave all responsibilities to government.

Results of the 2016 PLE examinations show that urban areas performed better than rural districts. The performing districts were Serere, Namutumba, Luuka, Kween, Mayuge, Kaliro, Kyankwanzi, Bulambuli and Iganga among others.

The poor performance of most schools in rural areas is attributed to lack of motivation for teachers to be in the hard-to-reach areas which continue to register many school dropouts.

 

 

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PLE results out, Minister Janet Museveni highlights on amending UNEB act

By MOSES KIDANDI
Results of last year’s primary leaving examinations have been released . They  show a significant increase in general performance compared to the previous year.
12,391 centers registered for the PLE  in 2016 of which 76%  were Universal Primary Education beneficiaries .
The 2016PLE results indicate a steady increase in the number of candidates and centers.
Best performing districts include Fortportal, Entebbe, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Jinja, Kabale, Masaka, Mbarara,Lira &Masindi with 98% pass rate.
The secretary to UNEB Dan Odongo says Examinations were not leaked,however Odongo says there were other forms of examination malpractice especially assistance given to candidates by third parties inside the examination rooms.
The chairperson UNEB prof J Okwakol says Social Studies was performed best followed by English language and integrated science.
Prof Okwakol says male candidates performed better than female candidates. The female candidates mainly performed better in English language.
He adds that  Kabarole district topped cases of examination malpractices where assistance was given to candidates by 3rd parties especially in mathematics and science.
A total of 1,886 candidate’s results from 24 districts are being held because of suspected malpractice.
Education minister Janet Museveni says the government is in process of amending the weak UNEB Act to provide for stricter penalties for perpetrators of malpractice.
Selections to be conducted on 24th to 25 January 2016 at UMA show grounds.
Instant results can be obtained on phone by going to messages type UNEB, full index No and send to 6600

First lady Janet Museveni to preside over 4 day meeting.

By Moses Kidandi

Members of the ruling NRM women’s league have started their four day meeting in Wakiso district to discuss ways of increasing wealth among the Uganda women.

The conference at London College, Maya campus has attracted more than 700 women from various parts of Buganda region   running under the Theme: Accessing Innovation and Creativity among NRM Leaders as Change Agents.

It will be presided over by the first lady Janet Museveni.

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40 students of Makerere University picked by police

By Deo Wasswa

40 students of Makerere University have been picked by police and taken to Office of Prime Minister to meet education minister Janet Museveni.

Students staged a demonstration at the university in the morning demanding for the reopening of the university.

Last week the university vice chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu announced a postponement of the opening of the university to a later date because of the ongoing strike by non-teaching university staff.

Students argue that extending the dates of start of semester will affect their studies.

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