All KENYA Students to REPEAT CLASSES as Govt CANCELS 2020 National School Exams

By OUMA WANZALA Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha announced Tuesday that national examinations will not take place this year as the Covid-19 pandemic has rendered the school calendar lost. As such, CS Magoha said, Standard Eight and Form Four students who were to sit the exams this year will do so in 2021. “Stakeholders have shelved the initial proposal to reopen schools in September for Standard Eight and Form Four candidates,” he said. The minister also announced that all basic learning institutions will reopen in January next year,…

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COVID-19 Thrusts Universities Into ONLINE Learning As VICTORIA UNIVERSITY Leads with Online Studies & Issues FREE Laptops to All NEW Students

By DailyNewsUG Education Correspondent, The COVID-19 pandemic has changed education forever. In a volatile world, “rigid” equals “brittle,” and institutions that cannot figure out how to work differently may not work at all. The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion Students are out of the classroom. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. Higher education community in Uganda is suddenly thrust into an unforeseen experiment in online…

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Kenya Cases Hit 6,190 as 120 More Contract Coronavirus

By DailyNewsUG Health Correspondent A hundred and twenty more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Kenya, raising the country’s total number of confirmed cases since March 13 to 6,190. The Ministry of Health announced this on Monday, saying it had tested 2,221 samples. Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman said all but five of the new patients are Kenyans and that Nairobi, the capital city, was in the lead with 67 of the cases. Mombasa County followed with 17 while Machakos recorded nine. Dr Aman also announced the recovery of…

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UWECs Flagship Chimp Zakayo’s Legacy Lives On in Entebbe

By Titus Kakembo During his life, everyone who lived in Entebbe or visited UWEC and never saw Zakayo missed the symbol of the area. Not so long ago after his death, Zakayo’s name remains part of the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) as memories are still fresh with this celebrity chimpanzee somersaulting to impress visitors. As the leader of the group, he received young ones salvaged from poachers and helped assimilate them into his family. He raised his biological offsprings and adopted many whom he showed the ropes in the…

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Kenya’s Coronavirus Deaths Hit 132 as Cases Soar To 5,384

DailyNewsUG Correspondent, Another two Covid-19 patients have died in Kenya as of Thursday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 132, the Health ministry said. A total of 178 people tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said Thursday. Nairobi is leading with 100 cases followed by Kajiado with 21 cases. Other counties that reported new cases on Thursday are Migori (17), Kiambu (16), Busia (8),  Mombasa (7), Machakos (4) and Nakuru (2). Uasin Gishu, Kericho and Taita…

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The Illegality of Ministry of Education Directive on Private Schools Wages

By Isaac Ssemakadde On 18 May 2020 Mr Alex Kakooza, the ministry of education and sports permanent secretary, issued a directive for all directors and heads of education institutions to pay teachers and other staff their full salaries during the Covid-19 lockdown that started on 18 March 2020 with the closure of all education institutions. The ministry cited its guidelines for staff employment in private schools and institutions which provide, among others, that school management shall pay fulltime staff during both school term and school holiday. It argued that despite…

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In Absence of COVID19 Tourist Revenue, Ruparelia Foundation Donates Ugx10m to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

By DailyNewsUG CorrespondentChimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust) at Ngamba Island (Chimpanzee Sanctuary) this month May 2020 run a Donation Request triggered by the COVID 19 Pandemic. “We call upon everyone to support us during this trying time of COVID19 pandemic that has affected the operations of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary”. The operations of Ngamba Island have been dependent on 70% of tourist revenue which is at a standstill in the entire world with travel bans in different continents. This has left Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary with limited…

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EPIC: Kampala Parents School Introduces Online Home Schooling Platform to circumvent COVID19 School Interference

By DailyNewsUG Education Correspondent,   Kampala Parents School (K.P.S) Uganda has introduced an Online Remote Learning Platform. This latest Kampala Parents School innovation enables pupils to learn from resources shared via the schools online platforms. The School has invested heavily in the new Online Learning Equipment to enable online classes take off. Kampala Parents School activities are specific for all P.1, P.2, P.3, P.4, P.5, P.6 and P.7 grade pupils.   Online classes will begin with Term 1 work, which was not completed due to the abrupt ending of the…

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COVID19: Home Schooling or Crisis Learning?

By Mesharch Walto Katusiimeh “What families are experiencing right now is not authentic homeschooling but crisis schooling”. Most homeschoolers will tell you that they spend more of their time outside their homes than inside with the people and traveling to places and generally learning things of their community among others. With social distancing or rather physical distancing, all of us are separated from those community networks, mentors, classes, friends, libraries, museums, and so on. Until the Covid-19 pandemic caused schools to be closed, only a minority of children in Uganda…

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How School Teachers are Managing during Quarantine

By DailyNewsUG Correspondent, No sector has been spared by the pandemic things have had to change drastically. How are teachers keeping learners engaged with zero physical contact and will they be able to make up for lost time, against all odds? As many sectors stand still during this lockdown, we reached out to teachers about their current state of affairs, how they are dealing with the sudden work disruption, their livelihoods, job security, how they are keeping learners engaged with zero physical contact and whether they will be able to…

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