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THE Ministry of Health has launched a national schools’ sanitation essay competition to enlighten children about proper sanitation and cleanliness.

In Brief

THE Ministry of Health has launched a national schools’ sanitation essay competition to enlighten children about proper sanitation and cleanliness.

Ministry launches sanitation essay

THE Ministry of Health has launched a national schools’ sanitation essay competition to enlighten children about proper sanitation and cleanliness.

The competition, meant for the sanitation week, was designed by the National Sanitation Working Group.

The essay co-ordinator, Helena Nambogwe, said the competition was aimed at increasing children’s awareness on the need for proper sanitation, cleanliness and good hygiene.

Uganda celebrates the National Hygiene and Sanitation week in March every year. The celebrations coincide with the Global Sanitation week and World Water Day.

Minister Bitamazire commends counselors

THE Minister for Education and Sports, Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire has praised The Uganda Counselling Association (UCA) for responding to the growing need of guidance and counselling in Uganda.

Bitamazire was addressing over 300 participants during the UCA fourth annual national conference at Hotel Africana last week.

She noted that a serious discipline crisis in schools had resulted into strikes and examination malpractices.

She recommended that all teachers undergo training in counselling to alleviate the crisis.

“The ministry has established a counselling department and we shall ensure all teachers responsible for guidance and counselling in schools be given lesser work loads,’ she said.

Poor performance irks official

THE district educational officer, Jonathan Kamwana, has decried the poor and low performance of primary and secondary schools in the district.

“According to statistics of the performance in 2005, the municipality came eighth in Primary Leaving Examinations amongst all municipalities. This shows that we have declined compared to other years,” said Kamwana.

He was addressing students at the award-giving function of certificates to students of Masese Girls Boarding who completed O’level last year.

A computer for best PLE pupil

KINGSWAY Primary School has honoured her best pupil in the 2006 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) with a computer set.

Eunice Abe, 12, scored aggregate four, beating 43 other pupils who passed in Division One to the crown. Frank Muramura, the director, said out of 47 candidates, only four passed in second grade. He said the school had never registered any pupils in third grade since 2002 when the pioneers sat for PLE.

“We have managed to achieve our targets through the conviction by both teachers and pupils,” he said at the hand-over ceremony recently.

Old boys in fundraising drive

FORMER students of St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Nyenga, have started a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the science laboratory.

Robert Kintu, an alumnus of the school said: “We have removed the asbestos roof, but more renovation is yet to be done on the building, which we also have to refurbish.”

He was speaking at an Old Boys’ fellowship meeting recently. At least sh150m is required for the renovation. The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, an old boy of the school, donated sh500,000.

Headmistress bans phones, radios

THE headmistress of Christ the King Bulinda SS, Kalisizo has banned mobile phones, radios and casual wear in school. Sr Margaret Nanteza told parents during the school’s inter-house sports day that such possessions disorganise studies.

She warned that she would expel any student found with any of the items. Nanteza also affirmed that the school would assist students to develop their talents, but insisted that talents had to move hand-in-hand with academic excellence.

Put God first — Bishop Ssekadde

STUDENTS must always put God ahead of their academic endeavours as a sure way to succeed in life, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese has said. Speaking at celebrations to mark the Founders’ Day at King’s College Budo, Bishop Samuel Balagadde Ssekadde said:

“Nourish your relationship with Jesus Christ and always strive for holiness. Whoever identifies with him (Jesus) must cultivate an intimate relationship with him.” Ssekadde told students that their future largely depends on how well they utilise their time.

Students give books to Lira IDPs

KYAMBOGO University students have donated books to Internally Displaced People’s (IDPs) schools in the district.

The students led by the guild president, Geoffrey Okuk recently handed over revision books to Adwari, Orum, Okwang and Otuke secondary schools. The university students also counselled students on academic issues.

The director of studies of Adwari Senior Secondary School lauded the university for the assistance.

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