School Administrators Asked Not to Interfere with Mass Enrollment of Learners

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The State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde, says some head teachers have tagged the national exercise on school fees payment.

Government has cautioned school administrators against interfering with the ongoing mass enrollment of pupils and students by the National Regulation Identification Authority-NIRA.

 
The State Minister for Primary Education, Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde, says some head teachers have tagged the national exercise on school fees payment.
 

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Without mentioning specific schools, Sseninde said both the Education Ministry and NIRA have received complaints from parents about the program. Sseninde also cautions schools against asking for additional requirements out of those listed by NIRA for the mass enrollment exercise.



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While addressing journalists on the progress of the program at the government owned Media Center this morning, Sseninde said the ongoing mass enrollment of pupils and students is a time bound activity.
 
She asked all head teachers and parents to endeavor to register all learners, saying there will be no extension after the expiry of the 30th August deadline.
 

Minister Seninde also asked head teachers of unregistered schools not to avoid picking the enrollment forms out of fear of being closed. She says that since this is not an exercise for closing unregistered schools, all school owners should not deny pupils/ students from registering with the fear of being shut down for operating illegally.
 

According to NIRA, the only required documents for registration are a fully completed form by a parent, a photocopy of any either's national ID in the case of Ugandans and/or a photocopy of a parent's passport or refugee card in the case of foreigners and refugees respectively.


However, some schools are asking single mothers to provide death certificates of deceased partners before their children can get registered. The pupil/student mass registration exercise started this year in May.  Through the exercise, government hopes to control ghost pupils/students in the Universal Primary and Secondary school Education programs run by government.


So far, forms a total of 8,737,874 forms have been distributed in the country. Some districts that have received forms include Arua, Gulu, Moroto, Soroti, Hoima, Kabarole and Kampala. According to Seninde, 13,479 out of the 15,479 targeted schools have received the registration forms. So far 1 million learners have been registered by NIRA.