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The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer and Haematology Centres have organised for a two-year training programme for the East Africa Peadiatric Haematology and Oncology fellowship training at the cancer institute.

Link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/UCI-to-train-more-paediatric-oncologists/688334-3352954-u8bktwz/index.html

Source: Daily Monitor

The Arua Regional Referral Hospital that serves a population of more than 3.5 million people has run out of drugs. Speaking to Daily Monitor, the hospital director, Dr Bernard Odu, said they have not received any stock for this financial year.

Link: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Drug-shortage-hits-Arua/688334-3348120-1qfvfjz/index.html

Source: Daily Monitor

Education Minister Janet Museveni told parliament last week that she had based her decision on technical reports from her office, indicating that the schools did not respect national standards.

These ranged from concerns about “poor hygiene and sanitation [that] put the life and safety of the school children in danger,” to “material used [which] could not promote teacher pupil interaction”.

Link: http://observer.ug/education/45914-63-bridge-schools-to-close-over-poor-standards

Source: The Observer

 

 

The UK government should stop funding low-cost private schools in developing countries, campaigners have urged. The call follows a UN Human Rights Council resolution urging more spending on state education and regulation of low-cost for-profit schools.

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-36706601

Source: BBC

The Ugandan Minister of Education and Sports, Hon Janet Museveni, formally announced on Tuesday during a session of the parliament that the Government will soon close the schools operated by the largest and most controversial chain of commercial private schools worldwide, Bridge International Academies (BIA), which runs 63 nursery and primary schools in Uganda. Hon Museveni indicated having based her decision on technical reports from the Ministry that revealed that the schools did not respect national standards, in particular that “material used could not promote teacher pupil interaction” and that “poor hygiene and sanitation […] put the life and safety of the school children in danger”.

 

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Kampala. The Ministry of Education will expand teaching using vernacular to improve literacy. According to the ministry, learners comprehend the curriculum better when it is introduced to them in the language most familiar. Read article

Uganda continues to experience low levels of pension coverage as the majority of the labour force remains uncovered by the various schemes in the country.

Link below: 

http://www.monitor.co.ug/Business/89-per-cent-of-Uganda-s-labour-force-get-no-pension-/688322-3324466-5rcssqz/index.html

Source: Daily Monitor

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has distanced itself from reports that it may be one of the options government can run to to bail out cash-strapped companies.

Link below:

http://www.observer.ug/business/38-business/45580-nssf-against-bailout-funds

Source: The Observer

A new government self-assessment report has revealed that half of pupils in the Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools are illiterate and cannot answer simple questions in mathematics.

Link below:

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/UPE-pupils-read-government/688334-3322152-me5m1y/index.html

Source: Daily Monitor

The Speaker, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has demanded that the Ministry of Public Service takes stock of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDS) working in the public service.
Kadaga made the remarks while launching the dissemination of the Annual Report on the State of the Equal Opportunities for the year 2015/2016 at the Royal Suites Hotel in Bugolobi, today, Thursday, 28th July 2016.

 …http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/index.php/about-parliament/parliamentary-news/904-task-stock-of-pwds-in-public-service-speaker

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has reported an increase in the number of human rights cases handled in 2015.
Handing over their Annual Report to the Speaker, the Chairperson of UHRC, Med Kaggwa said that the top cases were freedom from torture; inhuman or degrading treatment; detention beyond 48 hours; denial of child maintenance and deprivation of property.


 …http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/index.php/about-parliament/parliamentary-news/905-human-rights-abuse-on-a-highTAKE

 

 The United Kingdom (UK)’s controversial support for commercial, low-cost private schools in developing countries has been questioned by a UN Committee on children’s rights.(1) The UK Department for International Development’s support for the for-profit primary and pre-primary school chain, Bridge International Academies (BIA) was singled out as a particular concern.

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