Sunday, January 19, 2020
How do we develop effective prototype devices that can in the future help our local communities harness and convert solar radiation to heat energy for cooking? How can we best make use of organic pesticides in agriculture and move a model car using solar energy? These among others were some of the questions young science students from schools in Uganda's West Nile region, where Prof Tickodri Togboa, the Coordinator of the team that assembled the electric car [Kiira EV] comes from were trying to answer, recently at the first-ever competitive school science fair, to be held in their region at Mvara…
The issue of how Uganda can sustainably improve learning outcomes for its young school going citizens has, once again come to the fore; with the World Bank proposing in its 13th edition "Economic Update on Human capital in Uganda- report” that the country, among other things-abolishes PLE [National exam in the final grade of Primary school] as a means to improve transition rates to lower secondary and to achieve universal lower secondary enrolment. It a contentious proposal, which has raised eyebrows, even when the World Bank says the policy of abolishing exams in the final grade of primary, is now widely…
Nearly 17 years ago, the Ugandan education ministry closed half of the country’s national teachers colleges (NTCs) on the basis that demand for Grade 5 Diploma teachers had dropped. However, the Government recently launched a sh96b reconstruction project to revamp the country’s remaining five NTCs. Masaabachronicle analyses the reasons behind this change of heart. It is rare to find a Ugandan secondary school of repute, these days advertising teaching positions for diploma holders. Almost two decades ago, the Government realised the dwindling demand for diploma-holder (Grade 5) teachers and scaled down the number of national teachers’ training colleges (NTCs) by…
When 13 year old Rose Ariokot gaily returned to her poverty stricken parent's home in Amudat [Northern Uganda] for holidays, late last year, she had no clue her relatives were planning to take her through the outlawed initiation custom, otherwise known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).Against her wish, Ariokot was taken through the rite.A year later, her poor parents married her off, after supposedly failing to raise her school fees.It had been Ariokot’s wish to continue with school, however. Ariokot had invariably given a good account of herself in class.Some of her former classmates, say she was always among the best…
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