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Govt to Recruit 5,000 Science, English Teachers in 2018/19

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Budget (file photo).

By Patience Ahimbisibwe

Government has finally, for the first time in seven years, given a green light to Ministry of Education to recruit about 5,000 science and English language teachers in the budget presented yesterday.
Ms Connie Nakayenze, the Parliamentary Committee on education chairperson, told Daily Monitor in an interview early this week that Public Service, Finance and Education ministries together with the committee had agreed to use the proposed salary increment allocations for science teachers to recruit teachers with the balance shared equitably across board.
“We advised government to use the money to recruit 2,000 more science teachers,” she said.

However, she added that government had instead agreed to recruit 1,900 science teachers and 1,100 English language teachers with the balance distributed among the science and arts teachers equally with a 20per cent salary increment each.

Initially, government had proposed Shs98b for salary enhancement for science teachers alone which would see a graduate teacher earn Shs2m from just Shs600,000 per month.

The increment, some argued, would distort the structure given that the head teacher would take home Shs2.06m with their deputy earning Shs1.76m.

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Thus the Parliamentary Committee rejected the proposal and met the President who had pledged the salary enhancement for only science teachers.“The increment was … unfair. All teachers need to be rewarded equally,” Ms Nakayenze, who is also the Mbale Woman MP, said.
In total, the Finance Ministry has allocated Shs2.7 trillion to Ministry of Education and Sports up from Shs2.5 trillion from the 2017/18 financial year.However, according to Mr Alex Kakooza, the Education ministry permanent secretary, there is concern that more than 50 per cent of the allocations will go to wages.“Salaries will take Shs1.59 trillion. That is huge. Just imagine if your company was paying salaries more than it earns. It will collapse,” he said in an interview.About Shs22b will go to the newly created 100 grant aided secondary schools, Shs15b to sports while Shs10b will be used to kick start the process of turning Mountains of the Moon, Busoga University and Gulu University Constituent College in Karamoja into public universities.Although Mr Kakooza was non-committal on salary enhancement, he confirmed the planned recruitment of science teachers.
He also said there are other pressures such as the need to rollout the revised secondary curriculum, which needs Shs2b.
However, the enhanced allocation must come with results, which according to Prof Augustus Niwagaba, a development economist, failures of which the problem will be something else.
“If they don’t perform, that [will not] be the problem of financing,” he said.
Teachers, through Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu), have, however, maintained that their June 23 ultimatum, still stands, and government must not attempt to increase salaries of some teachers and leave out others.Mr Filbert Baguma, the Unatu secretary general, early this week told Daily Monitor that while they appreciate government’s consideration of the science teachers, this should be uniform because all teachers work under the same conditions.“If government is looking at the quality of education, it has to stop discrimination of salaries. Payment should be according to qualifications. The increment we expect to see is for both science and arts teachers. Short of that, we have no choice but to go on with industrial action,” he said.The teachers also demand that government makes good on the 15 per cent salary increment, which was only paid to primary teachers in the 2016/17 financial year.More on This
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Budget 2018: The taxes you face

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Who is Financing 2018/19 Budget?

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Budget (file photo).

By Martin Luther Oketch

In the last 10 years government has been reducing dependence on donors. Indeed, the 2018/19 budget that was presented yesterday mirrors that effort. According to the budget speech, domestic revenue is projected to grow by Shs1.9 trillion to a total mobilisation of Shs16.358 trillion.

In his 2018/19 budget speech, Mr Matia Kasaija, the Finance minister, said out of the total domestic revenue projection, Shs15.938 trillion will be collected as tax revenue while Shs420b will be non-tax revenue.

Government, he said, will also finance the budget using domestic borrowing with Shs1.783 trillion expected from Treasury Bills and Bonds. Borrowing from donors. Government also expects to mobilise financing from external sources. About Shs7.734 trillion, out of which Shs6.148 trillion will be loans and Shs1.585 trillion grants, is expected from donors.

However, Ms Mira Clara, the IMF resident representative, told Daily Monitor yesterday that the 2018/19 budget has a higher deficit than it had been envisaged.
This, she said, will make achieving the Charter of Fiscal Responsibility targets difficult.

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“Given the large needs, spending in health, education and social protection are essential to improve the quality of life of the population and boost growth,” she said, noting that interest payment, which makes up almost 20 per cent of revenue, reflects the rising debt levels.The size of Uganda’s economy currently stands at Shs101.8 trillion, which is equivalent to $27.9b. In the 2017/18 financial year, export earnings rose by 9.6 per cent to $ 3.93b in the period July 2017 to March 2018 from $3.59b.According to Mr Kasaija the increase was mainly on account of an increase in export volumes of beans, coffee, tea and maize. Over the same period, exports to the rest of the EAC grew from $792.3m to $943.5m while exports to Europe grew from $415.8m to $466.1m. Coffee exports have increased from 3.6 million 60 kilogramme bags in the 2015/16 financial year to 4.14 million bags between July 2017 and May 2018.However, imports increased by 16.4 per cent at $ 5.7b in the period running July 2017 to March 2018 from $4.9b over the same period.
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African Nations Pledge to Use Trade to Reduce Poverty

By Peter Kenny

Geneva — Gambia’s Vice President and Minister for Women’s Affairs, Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, says trade has been a strategic tool for reducing poverty and has delivered incredible gains for the world economy, but it needs to be more fully optimized.

She was speaking at a June 14 meeting of representatives from 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) who met at the first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade that took place at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

At the meeting, four African nations – Gambia, the Central African Republic, Malawi and Uganda – issued a call for action to leverage trade to fight poverty, “recognizing that trade is an engine for inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.

They added: “As partners with the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), we commit to taking concrete steps and joint actions to use trade to sustain policy environments, build productive capacity, achieve sustainability of results, consolidate growth, reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity.”

The EIF is a multilateral partnership dedicated to assisting LDCs to use trade as an engine for growth, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

In her speech to the forum, Jallow-Tambajang said developing countries are yet to optimize fully the potential benefits from globalization.

“Thus, we need to strengthen our global partnership and linkages to help address the trade capacities and development needs of LDCs to support their integration into the global economy,” she said. “Trade action for LDCs is needed now, amid global uncertainties, a growing trade gap and changes in what is traded and how.”

The way for developing countries and LDCs to promote trade, inclusiveness and sustainable development, and to stimulate their economies, was to target micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

“That’s where you find women and youth,” Jallow-Tambajang added. “The Gambia’s economy, for example, is characterized by micro enterprises which operate in several sectors and women play a key role.

“About 63 percent of MSMEs are micro-enterprises and about 90 percent of enterprises are informal with 80 percent comprising of women involved in the distributive trade, gardening and other handicraft and artisanal trade.”

Her message was endorsed at the meeting by Princess Abze Djigma, Burkina Faso’s ambassador for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and a champion of lifting up people through small businesses.

“The most important concern for inclusive trade in the LDCs is how to include the small local SMEs and upgrading the informal sector to the formal sector,” Princess Djigma said. “They count in most LDCs for more than 50 percent of their GDP and are the engines of local economies.”

The event, which was organized by the Enhanced Integrated Framework, was opened with a video message by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo, who said the agency’s aim was to ensure that more people – especially in least-developed countries – benefited from international trade.

“We must work to strengthen the system so that it is responsive to all of our members,” he said. “And we must build on the various decisions on LDC issues that WTO members have already taken in recent years.”

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[Monitor] At the beginning of the 20th Century the British constructed the Uganda Railway to open up the East African hinterland for Britain’s exploitation of its resources. It was called the Uganda Railways because it was to link up with the ancient kingdoms in the Great Lakes region, especially Buganda Kingdom, which had welcomed the British ‘with open arms’.

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Bloodless Malaria Test Wins Prestigious Africa Prize

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Brian Gitta, centre, has won the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

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London — A 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer has won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Brian Gitta is the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date.

Gitta and his team developed Matibabu, a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Matibabu, which means ‘medical centre’ in Swahili, is a low-cost, reusable device that clips onto a patient’s finger, requiring no specialist expertise to operate. The results are available within one minute on a mobile phone that is linked to the device.

A red beam of light shone through the user’s finger detects changes in the shape, colour and concentration of red blood cells, all of which are affected by malaria.

Gitta wins the first prize of UK £25,000 (124 million Ugandan shillings). At an awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya on 13 June 2018, four finalists from across sub-Saharan Africa delivered presentations, before Africa Prize judges and a live audience voted for the most promising engineering innovation.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, is Africa’s biggest prize dedicated to engineering innovation. It encourages talented sub-Saharan African engineers, from all disciplines, to develop innovations that address crucial problems in their communities in a new, appropriate way.

Gitta and his team decided to develop the device after missing lectures, having had malaria several times. Matibabu is currently undergoing testing in partnership with a national hospital in Uganda, and is sourcing suppliers for the sensitive magnetic and laser components required to scale up production.

Matibabu is aimed at individuals, health centres and diagnostic suppliers. The team also aims to set up the device on the streets to allow people to do a single test at a time.

Through their participation in the Africa Prize, the Matibabu team have been approached by international researchers offering support and are currently writing up their ground-breaking findings into an academic paper, to be published within the next few months.

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“We are very proud of this year’s winner. It’s a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development – in this case by improving healthcare,” said Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize judge. “Matibabu is simply a gamechanger.”Sixteen shortlisted Africa Prize entrants, from seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, received six months training and mentoring during which they learned to develop business plans and market their innovations. The group received coaching on communicating effectively, focusing on customers and approaching investors with confidence.The Africa Prize provides a unique package of support, including funding, comprehensive business training, bespoke mentoring and access to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s network of high profile, experienced engineers and experts, and their networks.It helps turn engineers with incredible ideas into successful entrepreneurs.Launched in 2014, the Prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward engineers who have developed innovations that will benefit Africans.The three runners up, who each win £10,000, are:Collins Saguru, a Zimbabwean working in South Africa, for AltMet, a low-cost, environmentally friendly method for recovering precious metals from car parts
Ifediora Ugochukwu from Nigeria for iMeter, an intelligent metering system that gives Nigerian users transparency and control over their electricity supply
Michael Asante-Afrifa, from Ghana for Science Set, a mini science lab that contains specially developed materials for experiments

Gitta commented: “We are incredibly honoured to win the Africa Prize – it’s such a big achievement for us, because it means that we can better manage production in order to scale clinical trials and prove ourselves to regulators. The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities – which is what we need most at the moment.”The fifth Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is now open for applications. Individuals and small teams living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, and who have an engineering innovation, are invited to enter. Potential entrants can find more information here. The deadline for entries is 23 July 2018.The Africa Prize is grateful to The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, a founding sponsor of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.The other 12 candidates on the 2018 Africa Prize shortlist:Alvin Kabwama from Uganda with UriSAF Maternal and Sexual Reproductive Health Care Kit, which tests urine quickly, accurately and affordably
Arthur Woniala from Uganda with Khainza Energy Gas, a cheap biogas made from manure and safe for household use
Brian Mwiti Mwenda from Kenya with The Sixth Sense, a handheld echolocation device with ultrasonic sensors that alert visually impaired users to objects nearby
Daniel Taylor from Ghana with HWESOMAME, a low-cost smart sensor that accurately detects soil conditions and notifies farmers via text or phone call
Emeka Nwachinemere from Nigeria with Kitovu, an online platform that helps farmers in remote locations to increase crop yields and sell their produce
Esther Gacicio from Kenya with eLearning Solutions, an interactive online programme that hosts courses for individuals or serves as a tool for training institutions
Lawrence Okettayot from Uganda with Sparky Dryer, a low-tech dehydrator that dries fruit and vegetables to extend their shelf life and reduce food wastage
Monicah Mumbi Wambugu from Kenya with Loanbee, a mobile phone application that calculates the user’s credit scores and grants micro-loans
Nges Njungle from Cameroon with Muzikol, an online music marketing and social media app designed to meet all the career needs of musicians
Nnaemeka Chidiebere Ikegwuono from Nigeria with ColdHubs, solar-powered walk-in cold rooms that extend the life of perishable food tenfold
Peter Kariuki from Rwanda with SafeMotos, an app that connects commuters to the safest motorcycle drivers in Kigali, Rwanda
Shalton Mphodisa Mothwa from South Africa with AEON Power Bag, which allows users to charge their phones on the go by converting radio waves and solar energy into power.

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