The social and economic costs of school dropouts in Uganda

RICHARD SEBAGGALA

BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA The government has committed resources to increase the number of Ugandans with the education, skills, and training needed to drive the economy to middle income level. The introduction of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) are some of the steps to achieve this goal. That notwithstanding, there is an alarming number of students who fail to join both O-level education from primary schools. The recently released Advanced level results reveal that many students do not reach this level after sitting the O-level examinations….

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Savings crucial amid economic breakdown

By Nicholas Opolot Money is such a huge deal because it greatly impacts on our livelihoods and standard of living. Saving is a key aspect which needs to be taught to the youths, in order to improve their financial capacity. Globally the economic outlook is sluggish, our own economy is affect- ed by a decline in consumer demand, private sector credit is low and the low, global, commodity prices are cited in the 2017 economic outlook report by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Consequently, this chain of events has reduced public consumption,…

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Whose interests are you living for?

SOLOMON MWIJE. How often do you sit to think and dream about your life? How often do you ask yourself what you are living for? What about the interests and motives that make you get out of bed to go to work each day? Please be reminded that when I talk about work I mean anything you do that consumes your physical or mental energies. Therefore, I am not only talking about the working class, the farmers, the taxi drivers, or boda boda cyclists here. Rather, I am talking about…

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Blending in peacefully

DOREEN KAJERU

BY DOREEN KAJERU When we are born, we are without knowledge about anything. We are trained, taught and moulded by parents and the different surroundings we are subjected to in the growth path of our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes we get acquainted with bad habits that later on grow into character. It may not be a parent’s wish for their children to grow up the way they themselves grew up but their actions, which the children watch each day, are louder than words. They look up to parents because they are their…

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What do I study to be president ?

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BY ALEX TAREMWA of Rapha Girls SS in Lira last week about academics, setting career goals, the value of university education and life as we know it when one girl’s hand shot up to ask a question. “I want to be the President of Uganda in future,” she said. “What subjects should I study to achieve my dream?” Her question knocked me off balance. I did not know the presidency to be a career but a responsibility born out of leadership. When I discussed her question with the team I…

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Climate change can be managed

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BY EDRICK BWAMBALE Uganda’s dream of reducing poverty through increased food production may go up in smoke due to the unpredictable weather patterns. We might all have noticed that the seasons for growing crops have changed drastically. In most parts of Uganda, rains now come later than expected and when they come, they are so destructive that they damage food production and the livelihoods of farmers. What is climate change? Every day, the sun, which is the main source of earth’s energy, emits rays of light to the earth’s surface….

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How to invest for a safer tomorrow

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Part I BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The sun shines on those who are standing before it shines on the people kneeling under it, is a popular saying. “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week,” said Chris Richards. Such inspiring reflections remind us to make use of our time in life and make it count. On 24…

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Congs to the law students, aluta continua!

Kudos to the law faculty and students for their immense efforts in lifting high the banner not only of the law school but also making Uganda Christian University shine. The UCU moot team has been selected and will be representing Uganda in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that will be taking place from April 9 at New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC. The hard work of the faculty and students is very much appreciated, and such achievements are a strong selling point for UCU both at the…

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The Insight: Always be your brother’s keeper

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Uganda has gone through troubling moments with a rage of systematic shootings towards some citizens. These events have continued to cause panic and fear in the public. In a Christian perspective, Christ gives us a channel through which we can avert acts of terror. This is enshrined in the two greatest commandments Love God with all your heart, soul and spirit; and love our neighbour as you do  love yourself. This concept focuses on  the aspect of forgiveness which is key in the human fraternity. It…

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There is need for gender equality in institutions

Solomon Mwije

BY SOLOMON MWIJE Social institutions like schools and workplaces mould us to behave in a generalized manner. We find ourselves acting not only by our inner influences but exceptionally geared by how society requires us to behave with regards to our sexual identities. This in simple terms is gender. Gender refers to the socially constructed distinctions between females and males and such distinctions relate to expected behaviours, roles, power to access and control resources, benefits and opportunities. Gender mainstreaming in simple terms is a process of integrating gender perspectives institutional…

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