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Kansai Plascon Uganda Donates Anti Mosquito Paint and Masks to Uganda Schools Ahead of Reopening Post COVID-19 Lockdown

Kansai Plascon Uganda Donates Anti Mosquito Paint and Masks to Uganda Schools Ahead of Reopening Post COVID-19 Lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
KAMPALA, June 12, 2020―Kansai Plascon Uganda (“Kansai Plascon”), subsidiary of Japanese paint company Honorable Dr. John Muyingo, Uganda's State Minister for Higher Education (L) chats with School heads of Nabisunsa Girls Ms. Zulaika Nabukeera and Sr. Regina Nabawanuka of Mt St Mary's College respectively. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kansai Paint Co., Ltd., announced a donation of 4,000 litres of the company’s Anti Mosquito Paint to the Ministry of Education and Sports for use in schools. Additionally, in support of the government’s fight against COVID-19, Kansai Plascon has also made available 20,000 face masks to support school staff as they prepare for the reopening of schools. The donation was facilitated by the Japanese government and formalised at a ceremony att...
AFRICA: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued

AFRICA: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued

AFRICA, EDUCATION, TANZANIA
The Ministry of Health has issued a set of rules to guide the safe reopening of academic institutions across the country – schools academies and universities. The resumption takes effect on Monday June 1. School leadership, academies and educational institutions should encourage students, teachers and their staff to wear cloth face masks when they return, a May 28 statement read in part. Authorities are to ensure soap and water handwashing stations as well as adequate supplies of other sanitation supplies as towels and toiletries. Spacing is another requirement that they are tasked to implement. Students with signs of the virus must be tested whiles those that have contracted it must stay away till their situation improves. Universities that were used as quarantine centers are to...
UGANDA: A total of More than 8,000 secondary school teachers recruited in two years- NRM Manifesto Week.

UGANDA: A total of More than 8,000 secondary school teachers recruited in two years- NRM Manifesto Week.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
ENTEBBE –A total of 8,300 new secondary school teachers were recruited in FY2018/19 and FY2019/20, Minister for Education and Sports Janet Museveni has revealed. When presenting the ministry’s accomplishments in the past 4 years during the ongoing NRM Manifesto Week, Ms. Museveni said there is ongoing recruitment of 2,000 teachers already advertised by the Education Service Commission in FY2019/20. “We promoted 1,200 teachers who had upgraded from Diploma to Graduate qualifications,” she said. According to the minister, the Conditional Inspection for Local Governments was raised from UGX 2.5 billion to UGX 5.5 billion since FY18/19. “All post-primary institutions including Secondary Schools, BTVET Institutions, and Teacher training institutions have been inspected at least twi...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Private school owners, teachers cry to Government for assistance

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Private school owners, teachers cry to Government for assistance

AFRICA, EDUCATION, Nigeria
LAGOS --- Private school owners and teachers have cried out to the federal government for aids as they are being threatened the more by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. Most especially, owners under the aegis of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), are crying for help, as they claim their is not any other source of income, yet, they have to pay tax relief, their workers and teachers as well as technical support to support them embark on online teaching among others. The teachers as well are asking the federal government to consider them in the sharing of palliatives. Chief Amusa Olawale who is the Lagos State President of NAPPS while speaking for the school owners said his association has written to the Lagos Government, on the issues both teacher...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Statement by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga giving an update on preparations for the re-opening of schools

Coronavirus – South Africa: Statement by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga giving an update on preparations for the re-opening of schools

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EDUCATION, South Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa, May 20, 2020/ -- By Angie Motshekga Let start by acknowledging Deputy Minister Mhaule and DG Mweli, members of the media, good afternoon. The Coronavirus has brought a lot of trauma and anxiety to all of us as a nation and the rest of the world. It has turned our lives upside down and there is a lot of fear about what will happen next.Since we started planning for the reopening of schools we have received many representations from parents and organisations. We highly appreciate. I am aware that parents and their children, teachers and non-teaching staff and all South Africans have been asking questions about the future of the academic year.There was always certainty that school would have to be reopened. Cabinet agreed that as much as it was important to...
Coronavirus – Uganda: IUIU Suspends All Staff Members

Coronavirus – Uganda: IUIU Suspends All Staff Members

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Mbale ----- The Islamic University in Uganda ( IUIU) has temporarily suspended its staff due to COVID-19 effects , the Public Relations Officer for the institution Miss Rehema Kantono has confirmed. Miss Kantono said that the action is affecting both administrative and academic staff and it is temporary. In a statement signed by Dr Talal Almaliki , the University Council Chairman and Dr Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, the institution does not have enough funds to pay staff during the pandemic. “As you know that Government of Uganda (GoU) temporarily closed all educational institutions as from the 20th March, 2020 as one of the mechanisms of controlling the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) also temporarily closed all its operations except f...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Scaling up Radio Education for Children in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Scaling up Radio Education for Children in South Sudan

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South Sudan -- Educational radio programmes for children on Radio Miraya was launched today, enabling more children to continue their learning while schools are closed. Since 20 March 2020, education facilities have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure children are staying engaged and continue to learn, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGE&I) has together with UNICEF and education partners developed radio programmes for primary and senior classes. The programmes will cover English language, mathematics and sciences. The lessons will be live on Radio Miraya and SSBC Monday to Friday between 10 and 11 in the morning and 2 and 3 in the afternoon, starting Monday 11 May 2020. During the live sessions given by teachers, students can call toll-f...
Coronavirus -Uganda: MPs demand suspension of teaching On Television, Radio

Coronavirus -Uganda: MPs demand suspension of teaching On Television, Radio

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala____ Members of Parliament have criticised the Ministry of Education and Sports current programme of teaching learners via television and radio during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some MPs suggested that the programme should be suspended since schools and institutions of higher education were closed by government in mid March. The debate was kicked up by the issues raised by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in her communication at the start of Wednesday's plenary sitting, saying many areas were not accessing radio waves to receive the lessons. Last month, after failing to meet the planned re-opening of schools on April 27, Education minister Janet Museveni said the learners would access lessons from home using TV and radio. Others would get printed materials to be delivered through their ...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Education Committees to seek Legal Opinion on way forward with adoption of Department of Basic Education’s Annual Performance Plan (DBE’S APP)

Coronavirus – South Africa: Education Committees to seek Legal Opinion on way forward with adoption of Department of Basic Education’s Annual Performance Plan (DBE’S APP)

AFRICA, EDUCATION, South Africa
On 5th May 2020, a joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture resolved to get legal advice regarding the adoption of the Department of Basic Education’s annual performance plan (APP), because of the unexpected changes to the plan caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Portfolio Committee Chairperson Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba said that, at this stage, the committees can merely note the APP presented today, as it was tabled in Parliament in March 2020 and drafted much earlier, and does not give effect to the impact of pandemic. “Only a legal expert will be able to tell us the way forward, meaning do we just note or do we adopt the APP?” Portfolio Committee Chairperson Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba T...
Coronavirus: Uganda’s Education Ministry clarifies on the reopening of schools

Coronavirus: Uganda’s Education Ministry clarifies on the reopening of schools

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
The Ministry of Education and Sports has learned of a statement circulating on social media, purportedly made by the Hon. Minister of Education and Sports. The message states that the First Term will commence on the 8th May this year. The writer further advises schools to cancel all leavers parties in order not to distract students and adds that UNEB and Entry Level exams will be based on Pre Entry Examinations. The Ministry issued a statement saying that all that this statement contains is baseless and misleading. The Ministry said that this message must therefore be dismissed with contempt. Hon. Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Katanga Museveni The Ministry has structures through which decisions are made. In due course, the Ministry announced that the Hon. Minister...
Coronavirus – Tanzania: Campaign for education and information in COVID-19 crisis in Tanzania

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Campaign for education and information in COVID-19 crisis in Tanzania

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HEALTH, TANZANIA
UNESCO has launched a communication campaign in reinforcement to UN and national efforts against the corona virus in partnership with @ElimikaWikiendi, a popular Kiswahili online social media platform in Tanzania and Eastern Africa for public education in development. UNESCO outreach and interventions aim to support solidarity, counter misinformation, hate speech and myths, tackle racism, promote resources for education and distance learning, protection of journalists, and support quality, gender responsive and accurate programming by media, particularly the community radios. In preventing the spread of the pandemic, access to quality, gender responsive and accurate information is key to dispel myths, curb the spread of fear and ensure that the public has the facts to keep themselve...
Coronavirus – Morocco: USAID Distance Education Activities prepare Morocco’s Ministry of Education for Virtual Learning During Coronavirus Disruptions

Coronavirus – Morocco: USAID Distance Education Activities prepare Morocco’s Ministry of Education for Virtual Learning During Coronavirus Disruptions

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EDUCATION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Morocco
USAID investments in education programming prepares countries to adopt flexible and resilient learning systems.Coronavirus is shutting down schools and affecting learning opportunities for over 1.5 billion children and youth around the globe. The global pandemic has stunned education systems worldwide: How do we ensure the continuity of our children’s academic education? Is virtual learning the solution?In Morocco, a Ministry of Education cadre of experts that benefited from previous USAID-funded distance learning activities responded, “Yes!” While Morocco’s school buildings are closed, one million students have already accessed the Ministry’s online learning platform and lessons broadcast nationally on TV, opening the door to continued learning for millions more of Moroccan youth.The USA...
Coronavirus – Africa: Africa CDC Joins Forces with Co-Creation Hub to Use Smart Ways to Educate and Sensitize the Continent on COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: Africa CDC Joins Forces with Co-Creation Hub to Use Smart Ways to Educate and Sensitize the Continent on COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EDUCATION, HEALTH
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention(Africa CDC) is collaborating with the Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), the leading technology innovation centre in Africa, to launch a call, for innovative communication projects on COVID-19 based on indigenous African languages targeted at the semi-urban and rural population across Africa. The communication projects are expected to help counter disbelief and misinformation, catalyse citizens actions and solidarity as well as combat stigmatization.   The collaboration will focus on projects delivering vetted critical information from Africa CDC to Africans in remote areas using innovative and culturally sensitive messaging.   This involves educating the public and ensuring fact-based information reaches even remote locations through suc...
Uganda Police arrests teachers for defying the president’s order on gatherings

Uganda Police arrests teachers for defying the president’s order on gatherings

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HEALTH, UGANDA
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy police spokesperson. Several teachers and pupils at Daffodil Primary School and Kabojja Junior School, Kitante branch have been arrested for defying President Museveni’s order on gatherings. Last week, the president ordered all schools and other public places of gather to close for a period of 32 days to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, on Monday, Kira road police led by the DPC, Michael Kasigire swung into action to raid the schools after being alerted of gatherings. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson said that 53 teachers were found gathered at Daffodil whereas at Kabojja Junior School, there were 21 teachers and five pupils. He added that investigations indicate that...
EDUCATION: How to apply for Makerere’s MasterCard scholarship – Uganda.

EDUCATION: How to apply for Makerere’s MasterCard scholarship – Uganda.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Makerere University entered into a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to offer scholars to 1000 bright youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2024. A project worth US$21 million is being implemented at Makerere University with the aim of developing the next generation of African leaders and also to promote the strategic objectives of Makerere University and The MasterCard Foundation in contributing to Africa’s higher education sector and development. The Program recruits both nation and international Scholars at the ratio of 90:10 respectively and female and male scholars at the ratio of 80:20 respectively. The Scholars under The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University receive holistic support as shown below:...
UGANDA: Gulu University in a 4bnUGX revenue scam.

UGANDA: Gulu University in a 4bnUGX revenue scam.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) quizzed officials of Gulu University over the missing Shs4.2Bn revenue they collected from students in tuition in 2019. The officials from the University had been summoned to respond to queries raised in the June 2019 auditor general’s report that exposed a number of loopholes in the University’s financial statement. The University audit reported total receipts of Shs7.787Bn, however, management disclosed receipts from educational services of Shs12.080Bn in the statement of financial performance reflecting unexplained variance in revenue collected of Shs4.293Bn with auditors saying the revenue balances aren’t clearly stated. The accounting officer stated that the University collected Shs8.7Bn as opposed to Shs12.08Bn disclosed ...
HEALTH: Over 290 million students out of school worldwide in the struggle to fight the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Over 290 million students out of school worldwide in the struggle to fight the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, EDUCATION, HEALTH, WORLD
Almost 300 million students worldwide faced weeks at home on Thursday with Italy the latest country to shut schools over the deadly new coronavirus, as the IMF urged an all-out, global offensive against the epidemic. More than 95,000 people have been infected and over 3,200 have died worldwide from the virus, which has now reached some 80 countries and territories. The vast majority of global deaths and infections are in China, where the virus first emerged late last year, prompting the country to quarantine entire cities, temporarily shut factories and close schools indefinitely. As the virus spread, other countries have also implemented extraordinary measures, with UNESCO saying Wednesday that 13 countries have closed schools, affecting 290.5 million children, while ...
UGANDA: The Speaker of Parliament has addressed UCU law students to stick their professionalism.

UGANDA: The Speaker of Parliament has addressed UCU law students to stick their professionalism.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has cautioned Uganda Christian University (UCU) law students against practicing law without completing the Bar course at the Law Development Centre (UCU). She said that lawyers who go ahead without the professional course endanger the work of other lawyers and in turn, affect the justice system in the country. “If you practice without the professional Bar course, you risk being disbarred and this affects your whole career. LDC is tougher than the degree course. It is short and intense but with determination and concentration, you can achieve it,” she said. Kadaga who was officiating at the UCU Law society dinner over the weekend at Serena Hotel also advised the students to desist from engaging in acts of dishonesty in their work. “When you che...
UGANDA: UNEB releases UACE 2019 results.

UGANDA: UNEB releases UACE 2019 results.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Education and Sports minister Janet Museveni has on Friday morning released the 2019 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) results from the Office of the President Auditorium in Kampala. Prof Mary Okwakol, UNEB Chairperson says there were no leakages and that the 2019 UACE examinations were conducted well. “The board introduced new measures to enhance the accuracy of data capture. Each data set of every candidate was captured twice to eliminate discrepancy” There is better performance in 2019 than in 2018. However, UNEB’s concern is that entries for science candidates are quite low. Only 30% registered for mathematics and only 10% registered for science subjects Busiro South MP Peter Sematimba is one of the candidates who sat for the exams last year
UGANDA: UACE exams results to be released tomorrow

UGANDA: UACE exams results to be released tomorrow

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) is set to release the results of the 2019 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The results will be released from the President’s office auditorium where the Ministry of Education Janet Museveni and officials from UNEB will be expected to be handed the results and talk to the press about the performance. “The Minister of Education and Sports shall release 2019 UACE results on Thursday 27th February, 2020, 10 am,” The statement reads in part. A total of 104,481 students sat for UACE exams in 2019 compared with the 99,672 that sat for the same exams in 2018. Candidates will be able to get access to their results using a USSD that will be provided by UNEB as soon as the exams are rele...