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Schools are back in session, but it is not all rosy with the pupils in UPE schools, no food and or sanitary towels for the girls. What is even sadder is the the current budget estimations will not help at all.

Elections are round the corner and the buzz of who will and will not run is already on. However it is a different story for independent candidates if the law gets amended as proposed. 1000 signatures for nomination is a bit too much: No? What do you think?



 
The Non Governmental Organizations Bill, 2015: Summary of Key Civil Society Concerns and Government’s Response
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima
Gen. Aronda Nyakairima; Minister of Internal Affairs
Increase in the UPE capitation grant will still not cover food and sanitary towels for girls

In reference to the National Budget Framework and Ministerial Policy Statement for the Ministry Of Education, Science, Technology & Sports FY2015/2016 which are both undergoing scrutiny in the Parliamentary committee on education and sports, it seems the pupils, teachers & head teachers and other stake holders in the Universal Primary Education (UPE) have something to smile about. This is due to the indicatives in the increase of the capitation grant. An additional Ugx 18.3bn has been allocated to facilitate the increment of the unit cost per pupil in UPE from Ugx 7,000 to 10,000 to re-prioritize its outputs.

.... For most NGOs, there are growing fears of erosion of civil liberties and
entrenchment of political intolerance in Uganda if the bill is passed in its current form. According to Nicholas Opiyo, executive director of Chapter Four Uganda, “If this bill is passed in its current form, it will obstruct the ability of all Ugandans to work collectively through local and international organizations on any research or advocacy that may be deemed critical of the government,” (Daily Monitor, April 21, 2015)

Increase in the UPE capitation grant will still not cover food and sanitary towels for girls


In reference to the National Budget Framework and Ministerial Policy Statement for the Ministry Of Education, Science, Technology & Sports FY2015/2016 which are both undergoing scrutiny in the Parliamentary committee on education and sports, it seems the pupils, teachers & head teachers and other stake holders in the Universal Primary Education (UPE) have something to smile about.

This is due to the indicatives in the increase of the capitation grant. An additional Ugx 18.3bn has been allocated to facilitate the increment of the unit cost per pupil in UPE from Ugx 7,000 to 10,000 to re-prioritize its outputs.
Can Parliament Stop the Export of Doctors to Trinidad and Tobago?

A petition submitted to Parliament on April 8th is calling on legislators to halt the move by the government to export over 261 medical doctors to Trinidad and Tobago. 35 civil society organizations (CSOs) want legislators to institute a probe into what many have criticized as“state-sanctioned brain drain” that threatens to rob Uganda of key medical specialists.

Tough times ahead for Independent aspirants for positions in Parliament
The long awaited constitutional amendments that were expected to usher in electoral reforms were finally submitted to parliament on 28th April 2015. There are several objects that the amendment is intended to achieve, notably, changing the name of the Electoral Commission to Independent Electoral Commission, prescribing for the appointment and removal of the commissioners, increment in the retirement age for judicial officer from 70 to 75 for Justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and to 70 from 65 for the Principal Judge and judges of the High Court.
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