Kampala Parents Best Mathematics Primary School In Uganda

The ministry of education and sport and Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Thursday released the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) with Kampala Parents’ School emerging as best performing school in the country when it comes to Mathematics.

“This is to congratulate our pupils upon being the best in Math country wide in the just released PLE results by the Uganda National Examinations Board. We are so honored and humbled by this achievement.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to our dear students for their endless efforts, teachers, non-teaching staff, our esteemed parents and well-wishers. Thank you once again for your continued support.” Daphne Kato, the school principle said of their achievement.

The school which prides itself with start of art learning facilities and qualified teachers saw 200 pupils out of the 274 who sat for PLE pass in first division while the remaining 74 passed in super division two.

The released national PLE exams of 2016 indicated an improved general performance with a failure reduction of 9.2 percent. The boys' failure rate was registered at 5.3% and while that of girls was at 7.7%. Janet Museveni, the minister of education, expressed delight seeing that more than 50% of the pupils who completed primary education last year were female.

The results showed that male candidates beat their female counterparts; this is according to UNEB Chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol. There was marked improved performance especially in English, with girls performing better than boys.

In the past, poor handwriting has been the undoing for some candidates. But this time round, according to UNEB, examiners reported that handwriting was more legible and candidates were more detailed in their answering of questions, with fuller sentences.

Museveni said that since the introduction of UPE, PLE candidature had increased. However, urban schools performed better than rural schools, with non-UPE candidates shown to have performed better than their UPE counterparts.


Hoima Resident Rearing Fish To Tap Into Oil Money

By George Busiinge

Ever since oil was discovered in Bunyoro kingdom, various people are strategizing to cash in on the oil money. While the oil business is dominated by international companies, local companies have been tipped to tap into oil money by providing services and locally available products like food.

Not to miss out on the growing opportunities arising because of ongoing oil activities in the region, Rajabu Byaruhanga, a resident of Kichwamba village, Hoima municipality in Hoima district has demonstrated that it is possible for Bunyoro people to rear quality fish right in their compounds near their houses by using wood boxes or plastic boxes. Byaruhanga intends to sell this fish from his farms to oil companies and company workers working in the oil industry.

Byaruhanga, who is also a farmer, has turned his compound into a farm for rearing fish. He says some residents in Bunyoro focus only on farming cash crops and food crops like maize, beans, peas, cassava and others forgetting that they can also rear fish like him. Byaruhanga and his family started fish farming back in 2013 although their efforts started paying off in June 2015.

Initially, the family harvested nothing from their first stock of 70 catfish due to poor supervision and care. He added that workers who were looking after the fish simply left them to predators. Then he decided to look for them himself. Byaruhanga says that in order to gain from oil and gas business which is booming in Hoima, they are entering all businesses that can earn them money. Fish farming is one that they have identified and has started paying off.

However a Non Government Organization which he declined to name gave him help through advising him and facilitating to construct fish wood box ponds. The NGO also gave him plastic ponds in order to look after this fish properly.

Byaruhanga added that this fish farming has enabled him to pay school fees for his children including one who completed secondary school last year. His family is also surviving on income generated from the fish farm.

INTERVIEW: We Need More Engagements With Government - Petroleum Students

Anita Badagawa is a final year student of Petroleum Geosciences and Production at Makerere University. She currently represents the petroleum students as the President of the Makerere University (MUK) Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter. She shared with EarthfindsSam Jumbwike their dream for the Oil and Gas Sector in Uganda

Tell more about the Makerere University Society of Petroleum Engineers/Students Chapter. How did it come about?

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) MUK Student Chapter was basically created under the SPE Uganda Section to extend the arms and influence of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEI) in Petroleum Institute. The SPEI consists of 168, 000 members in 144 countries and about 368 Student Chapters worldwide. SPE membership includes more than 68, 000 student members.

Our Mission is to collect, disseminate, exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of Oil and Gas resources and related technologies for public benefit to both Students and Professionals.

On top of the above, the SPE Makerere Student Chapter aims to develop professional awareness among members and other Students doing degrees that are relevant to the Oil and Gas sector. We promote social and academic interaction among Geosciences and Engineering and promote unity among all engineering disciplines in conjunction with Geosciences Students’ Societies.

As of now, what are some of the things that you have undertaken as an association to fulfill your objectives?

We have organized recruitment drives to enroll more student members. We have had collaborative projects with Makerere Engineering Society, held distinguished lectures from Petroleum Engineering Professionals, built models for study purposes, sensitized people, undertaken trips to attend conferences on Oil and Gas in leading Oil Companies across the globe, and we recently organized the Oil and Gas forum that took place at Protea Hotel.

Petroleum Geosciences and Production is relatively new in Uganda. Where did your lecturers come from?

Yes it is true it is a new course, however we have had the Geology Department for a longer time and since half of our curriculum as petroleum students consists of geology related course units, lecturers to handle that were available.  

Now for the rest of the curriculum, we have had visiting lecturers of Petroleum Engineering from Oil Companies like Total, CNOOC, Tullow Oil Uganda and also government technocrats from the Directorate of Petroleum at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.

Can you sum up what Petroleum Students at MUK are taught for the entire course?

Throughout the course we study Petroleum Engineering, Drilling Engineering, Health and Safety, Reservoir Engineering, Geology, Drilling Fluids and Geo-Physics among others.

What are some of the challenges that you face as Petroleum Students?

There is inadequate exposure while undertaking the course mostly due to lack of instrumentation and equipment in laboratories. For instance we study quite a number of things that require hands on exposure and experience; however it is nearer to impossible to have an opportunity to learn with practice.

The software to work with is inadequate. Most of the data we deal with has to be worked on using licensed software that is only available in big Oil Companies abroad and rare to find here. There is also less communication from government concerning the Oil Sector.

Is this having an effect on your competitiveness?

Yes it is. There are few Petroleum Engineers that have studied in Uganda that can actually compete with the ones that have studied for example at Heriot Watt University. This is affecting us in that most of the operating companies are hiring expatriates to do the engineering work available.

We are not having enough practice to be in position to compete with the expatriates that are being brought into the country to do the engineering works in the Oil and Gas operations.

What advice do you have for government if we are to do better?

Government must beef up local capacity in the Oil and Gas Sector. All Oil and Gas Faculties at Universities and Institutes in Uganda should be furnished with efficient laboratories and enough equipment like Microscopes for Christolographical studies, Thin Sectioning Equipment, and Geo-Physical Equipment.

Also Oil and Gas Students should have enough study trips and be availed with the best Lecturers in the Petroleum Industry. The 6.5 billion barrels of Oil in place with about 1.5 billion barrels recoverable is good news to the economy of Uganda.

The revenues from the Oil industry will boost development in almost all the other sectors and this will place Uganda at a better chance of becoming a middle income country. The current Oil and Gas Regulations are good; they just need a lot more professional people to implement them in order to enable sustainable Management of Uganda’s Oil Resource.

From what we have studied, we have a lot to offer to our country in terms of building the Oil and Gas industry through proper regulations, good policy, good management to ensure that the Oil Resource is not misused in order to avoid the Oil Curse and above all ensuring that the Oil will benefit every Ugandan.

Hoima Leader Launch Operation Against Chinese Businesses

By George Busiinge

Chinese operating gambling businesses in Hoima district are on tenterhooks after the district leaders started a crackdown on their business. The most affected are the Chinese operating slot machines (jukebox gambling coin machine). This came after Hoima police and district leaders in Hoima launched an operation to impound all Jukebox.

The operation left Over 20 slot machines impounded and the operation was conducted in Kasingo, Buhimba, Kiziranfumbi, Kidoma and other areas. Abdul Batambuze, the district Chief Administrative Officer who led the operation said the operation was launched following a council resolution to crackdown on gambling. He said that the Chinese have moved deep in the rural areas and they are seriously cheating poor people.

They claimed that productive age are no longer engaging in development activities because they spend most of their time in gamboling adding that such business is fueling theft among the Youths. They claimed that every week, the Chinese collect millions of Money and they take it to their Country adding that such businesses do not contribute to the economy of the area. District leaders agreed to chase them away from Hoima.

 They added that parents have lost their Money because children divert school fees into gambling. This according to the leaders has attributed to school dropouts. Kadir Kirungi, the district chairman says they will soon start arresting landlords who house gambling businesses adding that Chinese are exploiting the local poor man adding that they should not belicensed again.

 Hoima Municipal Mayor Mugasa recently also complained against Indians over their involvement in petty Business. She explained that Indians are engaging in businesses which are not supposed to be carried out by investors such match box, books, oil, broom and pan check among yet they call themselves investors and this has forced indigenous business communities give up their businesses because they are no longer making any profit.


Delhi Public School Starts Admitting 2017 Students

Delhi Public School International is now accepting new students for the 2017 academic year, the Naguru based school announced in a statement. The school opened its doors to the Ugandan public when businessman Sudhir Ruparelia acquired Indian School of Uganda.

Sudhir then merged Indian School of Uganda with Delhi Public International School to come up with a revamped and custom made Delhi Public School International, one of the institutions using the Indian curriculum in Uganda.

Delhi Public School International is equipped to the highest standards with over 50 Smart Classrooms, ICT Labs, Science Lab, Home Economics Room, Art Room, Fully Stocked Library, Dinning Facility, Swimming Pool, Football Pitch, Indoor Games Room, Yoga Room, and School Clinic among others.

In the process of being admitted, pupils and students are assessed in the presence of their parents. The assessment tests are usually conducted immediately after the registration of the child or within a maximum period of next three working days. “We believe that children are our future. Therefore, we teach them well and let them lead the way. Our aim is to show them what they possess inside.” A school official explains.

“Through our innovative techniques, we strive to expose our students to a stimulating and enriching learning experience. Knowledge is accumulated in many ways. Students can accumulate knowledge through attending classes, reading books, searching the internet, and doing field work among others.

The knowledge acquired helps children to excel in various assignments and exams. They are able to apply it in life after school for example employment. The more knowledge students accumulate the smarter they become.” The school says in a statement.

Delhi Public School was officially opened on October 31, 2015 by former education minister Maj. (Rtd) Jessica Alupo. The former minister, during the opening of the school, praised Sudhir for having established a legacy that will stand for a long term. Sudhir owns various schools and a University thereby boosting quality education in Uganda.

Admissions are ongoing and open to all nationalities
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Victoria University Gets New Guild President

Uganda’s fastest growing private university, Victoria University, recently inaugurated a new student leadership team lead by Peter Isiko who takes over from Keith Mugabi as guild president.

The university also used the handover ceremony as the student and the entire institution staff’s end of year party. The event was held that at University main campus located on Jinja road, in the new Victoria Cafeteria.

The University thanked the outgoing cabinet for the enormous work they rendered to the institution. Mugabi, the outgoing Guild president, was in particular highly praised in a very special way for having led the Guild Council in an extra-ordinary way.

VIctoria University Promoter Rajiv Ruparelia

Speaking at the function Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the University Promoter, urged students to embrace team work and commitment in all they do if they are to be successful in Life. Students and staff members were served with lots of food, drinks and music.

The university then broke for the Christmas holidays. Students will resume their studies on 18th January 2017. The University is committed to the advancement of higher education in the country and the East African region by establishing exemplary, specialised and employment-oriented education. The university is currently enrolling for the JAN-FEB 2017 Intake.

Kigorogya Residents Request For Closure Of Fake Drug Shops

By George Busiinge

Residents of Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district are asking government to close fake drug shops that set up business when they heard that the area is going to be swimming in oil and gas money. Hoima and the neighboring districts have seen numerous local and international investors set up business to tap into market generated by the discovery of oil in the region.

But among the businesses set up in the region are fake drug shops, clinics and health facilities as owners anticipate fleecing the unsuspecting customers. Over four health units in Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district have been closed by the ministry of health for failure to comply with the set standards.

A team from Allied Health Professionals Council led by Fred Oyesige, the regional officer this week found several clinics illegally operating and being managed by non-qualified medical personnel. Among the closed facilities include Bethel drug shop in Kigorobya town council, Lyne Drug shop in Kibegenya, JMS in Kapapi among others.

Oyesige observed that several licensed drug shops were found operating as clinics and health centres saying this puts lives of patients at risk. “About 70 percent of patients who seek health services from private facilities get it from the unqualified personnel" He observed.

Several drug shop operators were seen closing and taking off on learning that the inspectors were in area. Oyesige noted that the operation is going to continue to other parts of the district to make sure that health services are streamlined for better delivery.


Hoima Youth Arrested For Mismanaging Livelihood Funds

By George Busiinge

Police in Hoima District arrested 8 leaders of different youth groups over failure to refund money given to them under the Youth Livelihood Fund. The youth were arrested on Tuesday on the orders of Isaac Kawooya, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner, while monitoring these youth groups which were given the money and mismanaged the funds as well as using it for personal gains.

The suspects were identified as Obema Charles, Nakabiito Doreen, Beatrice, Jane Beleru, Sunday Wilfred - the chairperson of Igambiro rice growing youth group in Kigorobya, Bugambe and Buseruuka sub-county in Hoima district.

The money in question totaling Sh6.6m was given to Igambiro rice growing youth group during the last financial year. The money was received by the group chairperson, on behalf of the ten group members. Several youth groups in Hoima failed to account for the money they received during a meeting convened by the RDC Kawooya and Hoima district focal person Isaac Bitamale. Some youth groups neglected their projects like maize grinding mills.

Bitamale says that some youth members used the money to buy their own things like boda bodas and other things which were not planned for in the youth lively hood programme. Bitamale says that 66 youth groups in Hoima district were given Shs554m but only managed to recover Shs40, 819.

Giraffe: The Endangered Gentle Giant

The Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardis or the Rothschild Giraffe commonly known as the Giraffe is one of those under appreciated wild attractions found in Uganda. Apart from the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the Ugandan giraffe is unique to its home and cannot easily be found elsewhere apart from in Uganda and Kenya where they have lived for years.

The Rothschild giraffe population has drastically reduced over the years, leaving an estimated minimal number of 800 and above. The Giraffes live in some of the fertile locations of Uganda and Kenya making it easy for people who practice farming to encroach on their habitats and sometimes attacking them.

The Rothschild giraffe is said to be a relative to the deer family, and science might soon prove that Giraffes used to be shaped like deers centuries back before they evolved into the gentle giants they are today. There are many attributes that make the Rothschild giraffe stand out from the rest the Giraffe family including:

  • Standing at an estimated height of 20 feet tall, they are considered the tallest giraffes in their subspecies.
  • They can weigh up to an estimate of 2,500 pounds, and with the female giraffes being several pounds lighter than males.
  • The spots on their body are quite unique; they are brown patches with cream or white lines marking through the brown spots. Their long legs have fewer markings and stop at the top turning into a pure white spread from the kneecaps.
  • The Rothschild giraffe has more horns; five than its other relatives who usually have two. There are two in the regular place on top of the head, one in the middle and two at the back, the first three are easier to notice.
  • They have very long necks although their vertebrae is the same length as that of a human.
  • Their senses are very acute meaning that they can see even further than a normal person and have a strong sense of smell.
  • They are also attributed with averagely long tails that help to thwart flies off their bodies.

Their height is also attributed to their long legs and necks but the legs contribute a lot to the swiftness of the Rothschild giraffe making them very fast and agile. It is believed that they can easily match up with a cheetah in the wild just incase they are being chased around for prey. Although this has not be proven, these giraffes are not an easy prey to catch in the wild and that’s why they are not constantly attacked.

  • They have characteristics of cows with four stomachs meaning they chew cud as well.
  • Feeding is made easy with their long necks that reach out to the trees and the long strong tongues to tag at the leaves.
  • It has been observed that the males tend to feed from the high branches whilst the females feed on the lower ones.

Giraffes can reproduce when they are between three and five years old which is estimated to be sooner for females compared to the males. Their gestation period can last up to 16 months and they usually give birth to one calf a time. There are many breeding projects being carried out to increase the population of Giraffes through Uganda and Kenya.

You can get a chance to see these gracious giants in Kidepo, Lake Mburo and Murchison falls national parks in Uganda, but in Kenya you might enjoy an up close with them at the Giraffe Center right in the heart of Nairobi.

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Jumia Market Hit New Sales Record During Black Friday

Jumia Market thrilled Ugandans with its Black Friday Sale on 25th November 2016 (the third of its kind since Jumia Market introduced the concept to Uganda in 2014).#JumiaMarketBF trended on Twitter throughout, while the Jumia.ug website attracted 3 times more traffic and 11 times more orders than on a normal day!

With exclusive deals of up to 70% off electronics, home appliances and fashion, plus support from MTN, NTV and Capital FM, a spike in sales was expected, but Jumia Market exceeded expectations by hitting a new record of online sales in Uganda.

For those not familiar with the concept, ‘Black Friday’ originated from the U.S. and is known as the biggest shopping day of the year. Stores offer major discounts and customers get to shop for deals they would otherwise not find on a regular day. Now ‘Black Friday’ is a global movement, and takes place every last Friday of November in a number of countries.

Although the concept was first introduced to Ugandans exclusively by Jumia Market, 2016 saw the concept being adopted by other retailers in Uganda, including local supermarkets. A popular supermarket received an overwhelming crowd of customers as a result of their Black Friday promotions. Shocking images of the congested scenes at the supermarket surfaced on social media, and Jumia Market UG’s social media manager couldn’t pass up the opportunity to poke some fun by tweeting the following picture with the caption: “Black Friday shopping in supermarkets vs. on Jumia Market! Choose the easy option with #JumiaMarketBF”

For the first time, Jumia Market offered selected Black Friday deals for 5 days (from Monday 21st November) so some customers were able to secure their deals early – but the full range of deals were only unlocked on Black Friday itself.

Whilst the Jumia Market Black Friday deals were in plenty, some sold out within a few hours due to high demand, including the 17% off deal on the iDroid Miami Smartphone; a power bank which was reduced from 25,000 UGX to only 5,000 UGX; and MTN’s buy one get one free deal on the Huawei Y221 and Huawei Y3 – a deal which was exclusive to the MTN shop on Jumia Market and not available in any of their service centers.

Ugandans will be happy to know that they can certainly expect another Black Friday sale from the leading online marketplace in November 2017! Follow Jumia Market’s social media accounts for updates.

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Twitter: @JumiaUG

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