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New survey report calls for better teacher-work environment

June 28, 2022 3:47 pmNew survey report calls for better teacher-work environment

By Juliet Nalwooga

A team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Luigi Giussani Institute of Higher Education, and Save The Children International-Uganda have called for the betterment of the social environment within which teachers work if they are to be effective on duty.

The group that conducted a 2-year study in December 2019 to measure the level of teacher well-being in Uganda dubbed “BE WELL, TEACH WELL” have also called for the inclusion of teachers in policy-making processes.

This comes as art teachers across the country are on a sit-down strike over the enhancement of their salaries amid threats from the government to terminate their services.

Presenting the report’s findings in Kampala, Lawrence Tiyoy the Save The Children- Uganda office Director Programmes said that legislators should incorporate teachers’ perspectives into policies that directly affect them.

The study involved 148 primary school teachers from four sub-regions across the country and the research team involved scholars from Washington DC, New York in the US, and Kampala.

 

 

LOP tips Trinidad and Tobago MPs on legislation

June 28, 2022 3:34 pmLOP tips Trinidad and Tobago MPs on legislation

By Ritah Kemigisa

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga has advised Members of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago to exercise caution when writing laws on campaign financing.

Addressing Members of a joint select committee of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago that is scrutinising The Representation of the People Bill 2020, Mpuuga advised the MPs to draft a law that establishes an independent entity to handle political party financing.

His address to the MPs of the dual island Caribbean nation on Monday night is part of the peer-to-peer exchange program supported by the International Republic Institute (IRI), an organisation funded under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Besides providing for a legal framework for campaign financing, money laundering and corruption, the draft law also seeks to expand the functions of Trinidad and Tobago’s Elections and Boundaries Commission.

Such a body, Mpuuga said, needs to act without undue influence from the government.

According to Mpuuga, as of today, no opposition political party activity can take place outside the walls of the party headquarters or within the precincts of the Parliamentary building.

 

Learners found sharing dormitories with goats in Kasese School

June 28, 2022 2:50 pmLearners found sharing dormitories with goats in Kasese School

By Joel Kaguta

Education authorities in Kasese Municipality have closed two dormitory facilities of two schools in Nyamwamba Division for operating illegally and in condemned buildings.

In an operation that was conducted yesterday, the Kasese Municipal Education Officer, Emmy Mwesige Kayiri, said one boarding dormitory at Delight Children Education Centre was accommodating 18 learners and another one at Hope Orphanage Primary School and Children Outreach Centre accommodating 20 students.

At Delight Children Education Centre, the authorities were shocked to find that students were sharing a dormitory with goats and some were even sleeping on the floor.

Kayiri said the two schools were operating the boarding sections illegally.

However, Milton Mutanywana, the Headteacher at Delight Children Education Centre, said they only started accommodating learners to help parents who had failed to give them the due care while at home.

Hospitals detect high prevalence of diabetes among people with normal weight

June 28, 2022 2:37 pmHospitals detect high prevalence of diabetes among people with normal weight

 

BY TONNY ABET

A new report has shown a high prevalence of diabetes among lean people, contrary to the conventional picture that links the disease to obesity, a new report indicates.

Dr Davis Kibirige, a specialist in diabetes management, who led the diabetes study, told Daily Monitor that of the 500 study participants with type 2 diabetes, 160 (32percent) and 340 (68percent) were lean and non-lean, respectively.

Dr Kibirige is a researcher at the Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Uganda Research Unit, in Entebbe. Lean people are those with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25kg/m2.

Type 2 diabetes presents with symptoms such as increased thirst, frequent, frequent urination, increased hunger, unintended weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision and tingling or numbness of the hands or feet.

Dr Kibirige said study dubbed the Uganda Diabetes Phenotype (UDIP) research, was done between February 2019 and October 2020 in Mengo, Rubaga, Nsambya, Masaka, Kirrudu, Kisubi and Namongona hospitals.

 

KCCA to set up Parish Development Model training center  

June 28, 2022 11:31 amKCCA to set up Parish Development Model training center   

 

By Prossy Kisakye

The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority, Dorothy Kisaka has announced that the authority is to set up a Parish Development Model (PDM) training center to popularize the PDM gospel in Kampala Capital City.

She made the remarks during the Ministerial briefing on the ongoing Parish Development Model in Kampala, Kisaka the trainings will enable leaders to fully comprehend the message of PDM and transmit the same to the grassroots.

Kisaka said this, coupled with the Smart City strategy will foster effective service delivery at all the 99 Parishes that make up KCCA.

 

UNATU vows to drag gov't to court if teachers are fired

June 28, 2022 10:37 amUNATU vows to drag gov't to court if teachers are fired

By Juliet Nalwooga

The Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) has threatened to drag the government to court if it goes ahead with plans to sack and replace striking arts teachers.

The union’s General Secretary Filbert Baguma says their rights are covered by law.

He was speaking to KFM shortly after the Prime Minister Robinah Nabanja yesterday revealed that government had directed Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) to delete all striking teachers from the payroll effective July 1st 2022.

However, in a rather interesting turn of events Public service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa last evening told journalists that, government did NOT say that teachers would be sacked as it was just a proposal not an ultimatum.