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48 Expelled for Burning Standard College Dorm

By Perez Rumanzi & Alfred Tumushabe

Ntungamo — Standard College Ntungamo has expelled 48 students, 20 of them Senior Four and Senior Six candidates, over their alleged involvement in the burning of a hostel last Thursday.

A dormitory block caught fire shortly after midnight and property of 90 girls, who lived in one of the two main compartments of the building, were burnt to ashes.

The fire was extinguished before it could burn the other section also hosting another 90 girls and the bursar’s office.

This is the first violent strike at the school in its 15 years of existence.

Fifteen of those expelled were in Senior Four and they missed sitting for their Uganda Certificate of Education exams that began Monday.

The officer-in-charge of criminal investigations at Ntungamo Police Station, Mr Godes Twinamatsiko, said the students had planned to burn all the dormitories.

They reportedly bought 20 litres of petrol and spread it in all dormitories.

“After getting the fuel into the school, it was distributed into small bottles and given to students to take to all dormitories. They were supposed to set the fire at once but may be some feared lighting the matches.”

The 48 suspected ring leaders were detained at Ntungamo Police Station and charged with arson.

They have since been asked to pay between Shs400,000 and Shs1.5m each, depending on the level of suspicion for misconduct in exchange of being released on police bond. Whoever pays the money is released on bond.

By Tuesday, some of the students were still in police cells because they had not cleared the money.

The school director, Mr Steven Tashobya, also a former MP for Kajara constituency, said the charges are justified.

“If you really went to the school and saw the damage, the charges are justified,” said Mr Tashobya.

Five students suffered burns and were admitted to Doctors Family Clinic in Ntungamo. Four were, however; discharged later, while one was referred to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, where she was still admitted by press time.

However, Mr Twinamatsiko blamed the school for having no proper plan to deal with fire outbreaks.

According to police report, the dormitory was congested and had only one entry and exit. The students were using triple decker beds yet they were banned by the ministry of Education. The school also had no fire extinguishers in place.

The school head teacher, Mr Boaz Ruyimbazi, said the students’ act caught them unawares.

“We did not expect such a situation in the school, everything had been normal and we don’t know why the students came up with such a wild idea. We had not received any information of dissatisfaction by the students,” Mr Ruyimbazi said.

Mr Anold Amanya, a Senior Six student, however, said there were some elements of dissatisfaction among students a week before. Students of S6 and those of S3 clashed over scheduling of meals time (S3 boys wanted to take meals in time allocated to S6) and other issues, which he says were resolved by the prefects.

Police said other issues included severe punishment of students by teachers and failure by the school to procure a weekend attire despite the students paying Shs80,000 for it at the beginning of the year.

A student, who spoke to Daily Monitor on condition of anonymity, said the school administration started a club called “crime preventers”. He said the members of this club harass, beat and bully students with views against the administration and those thought to be stubborn.

He said the students have protested such acts but have never been addressed.

Other sources in the school pointed to conflicts between some teachers and students over girls as another source of dispute that could have fueled the strike.

Ms Midress Mugwanya, 67, a mother of one of the expelled students, told Daily Monitor she was not notified that her child had been arrested until Tuesday morning.

The Ntungamo District education officer, Mr Odo Arigye, said the district education department is not directly responsible for secondary schools and it is a big challenge in enforcing education standards.

Eritrea: Commendable Achievement in Maternity Service

Keren — As a result of the sustainable awareness raising campaigns the number of pregnant women delivering at health facilities in Afabet is increasing.

The comment was made at a meeting held to discuss the safety of mothers and children.

According to the Medical Director of the Afabet Hospital, Nurse Asrat Amine and the head of hospital administration, Mr. Alamin Mohammed-Ali, the four maternity centers equipped with the necessary facilities are providing commendable maternity service.

They also indicated that health facilities have alleviated the existed problem of the residents that were forced to transport patients referred to Keren Hospital.

Pointing out that delivering at home poses serious danger, the administrator of Afabet sub zone, Mr. Ahmed Mehamed Nur, called on concerned bodies to encourage pregnant women to come and safely deliver at health facilities.

The participants on their part, called for additional maternity centers at the remote areas of the sub-zone as well as regrouping of villages.

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Eye Opener Conference for Youth in November

By Doreen Mbalazi

AFRICAN Students for Liberty (ASFL) will on November 4, 2017 host a regional conference at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Under the theme, “Creating Wealth through Free Market,” the conference will offer an opportunity to learn about the classical ideas of liberation from the best advocates in Africa. Debates and presentation from participants’ achievements in advocating for free markets will also colour the event.

This movement sprang out from the efforts of the young Africans to stand up against the negative tyranny and totalitarianism that was present in the continent for a while. The platform will provide the students with an opportunity to generate and share ideas that enhance a prosperous and liberated Africa.

Among the key speakers are Executive Director of UIPE Isack Danford, Executive Director of Liberty Sparks Evans Exaud and Executive Director ALOD Mugabe John.

ASLF Local Coordinator Dickson Kigora, in an interview with the ‘Daily News,’ said the conference aims at providing knowledge and understanding of the youth involvement in the liberty movement.

He said the conference has immense benefits to Tanzanian students, “The students will learn and discuss matters concerning entrepreneurship, philosophy and self-employment in relation to the free market world.”

Mr Kigora said, “The summit will increase students’ understanding on the free market policies.” ASLF Assistant Communication Officer Rehema Tunguli advised students to register for the conference to enjoy the event benefits.

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Doctors Warn of Chronic Conditions

By Valentine Oforo

Dodoma — Doctors here have warned of increasing cases of diseases such as cardiac ailments, prostate cancer, eye diseases and those that affect the bones, known as osteoporosis.

According to the on-going special mobile services clinic introduced by the government in the region, there is a high prevalence of the said diseases in different parts of region, especially in rural areas.

Thge regional medical officer, Dr Charles Kiologwe, told The Citizen yesterday that antenatal mothers and newborns were also vulnerable to diverse heath complications in most rural areas in the region.

“Most patients in rural areas are grappling with several challenges at getting timely and reliable health services due to numerous factors, and thus we have decided to organise the mobile clinic in order to extend quality health services to the needy population in the region at an affordable cost, especially for those in remote,” he detailed. Dr Kiologwe added that the health initiative has managed to cater for about 8,000 people with diverse health difficulties in various areas in the region.

He added that in Mpwapwa, the clinic offered care to least 3,673 patients, whereby in Chamwino and Kongwa, the initiative served 1,711 and 2,800 patients respectively.

“Some patient used to travel a long way from their villages to the regional referral hospital in order to meet with specialists. But with this project such services are now at their doorsteps” he observed.

He said the region was now receiving many new-comers from different parts of the country due to relocation of the government administrative headquarters to designated capital city, a situation which necessities for upgrading of health facilities from basic levels in all districts.

“The clinic is scheduled to end on November, this year, by covering all districts within the region and it is our expectations that majority of people with health difficulties in the region will benefit from it before its completion,” he observed.

The on-going clinic is manned by high-profile specialized doctors from Dodoma, KCMC, Muhimbili, and Bugando hospitals.

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Chinese Military Ship Docks At Dar Port

Photo: The Citizen

A Chinese military ship docked at Dar es Salaam port on Wednesday.

By George Rodgers

Dar es Salaam — A Chinese military ship docked at the Dar es Salaam port on Wednesday signifying the military relationship that Tanzania has with the far-East country.

Speaking at the ceremony to receive the ship, the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Lu Youqing praised the Tanzanian government and the Tanzania People’s Defense Force (TPDF) for the efforts made in strengthening ties between the two countries.

He said Tanzania has been a longtime friend of China; since the time of the late Tanzania’s first president Mwl. Julius Nyerere.

He further said that Tanzania and China’s relationship has been of benefit to both countries in the economic and military fields. He added that the relationship has strengthened in cultural interactions.

“Our people have been able to interact freely and share many things such as education and sports, such as the Olympic games that are the major sign of cooperation,” he said

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Rwanda: University of Rwanda Surgical Students in Voluntary Circumcision Awareness Campaign

By Eddie Nsabimana

Surgical students at University of Rwanda have launched an HIV prevention mobilisation week through voluntary medical male ircumcision.

The launch took place on Saturday in Rusororo Sector in Gasabo District as part of the students’ workshop on surgical and non surgical circumcision and practice.

The weeklong drive was organised by UR Surgical Students’ Association in collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Rwanda Military Hospital, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and JHPIEGO, Partners in Health IH and Masaka Hospital to reduce the risk of the community contracting HIV/AIDS.

The awareness campaign features HIV/AIDS prevention and voluntary testing and counselling with the target to break myths concerning the procedures.

Sister Catherine, the head of Kabuga Health Centre, hailed the students’ initiative, calling on residents to embrace circumcision.

“Prevention is better than cure; HIV has no cure, so I hope the initiative will help beneficiaries embrace male surgical circumcision to reduce HIV risks,” she said.

Risk groups

The World Health Organisation indicates that HIV/AIDS is more prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, while Rwanda is among constituent countries where the youth are more affected than any other age group.

Circumcision protects up to 60 per cent in case of unprotected sex, Charles Berabose, the director of outreach, events and mentorship at University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society and coordinator, said.

“We need to make our contribution to a healthy and HIV/AIDS free community, especially the youth, to reduce their risk of contracting HIV virus through public awareness on circumcision, which we believe can play a big impact in slowing down the disease,” he said.

The campaign is part of preparation for the upcoming free circumcision exercise scheduled between July 2 and 10 at Kabuga Health Centre.

The University of Rwanda Surgical Students’ Society targets to circumcise at least 600 people during the week.

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Patience Is a Trait Every Teacher Should Possess

opinionBy Christine Osae

Ever taught a class of students who never seemed to understand the simple common knowledge concepts despite your varied methods and a thousand emphatic repetitions? Haven’t we all? In an age, where everything is instant -instant music downloads, instant picture uploads, instant soup, and of course, the instant gratification that comes along with all of that, patience becomes an incredibly hard concept to practice.

That the definition of patience may itself be blurred in a world accelerated by technology is only a fact. Teaching is anything but instantaneous; it requires the patience of a hunter. Don’t get me wrong; no teacher should be expected to have much patience with individuals whose lack of discipline, immaturity, or indolence interrupts the work of other students. Spending a single day in a room full of raucous teenagers is enough to set any human being insane. Patience with students who are trying to learn, however, is part and parcel of the teaching profession. Impatience with sincere students is an indication of the teacher’s own shortcomings.

One advantage teachers have is their extensive knowledge of the subject matter they teach. Some, however, lack the capability of appreciating the fact that each student may display different levels of aptitude for different subjects. A good teacher will possess this understanding, and be willing to take the time to reach those students who don’t display strong aptitudes in certain subjects. Such a level of concern for the students is an attribute only achieved if a teacher is patient.

A patient teacher will also have the willingness to adapt to different classroom situations. Students vary from class to class. Some may be attentive, while others, trouble-makers. Others aren’t disruptive, only because they may be busy texting their friends while sitting in the back of the classroom. Different learning strategies may have to be employed, depending on the students in each class. Some students excel in role-playing, while others prefer to quietly write notes and listen. A good teacher knows how to engage students in the learning process.

What else leads to long-term retention of curriculum but takes patience to incorporate in our instruction? The wait time! Increasing our wait time after posing a question to the class and before calling on a student to answer and allowing wait time for a student to provide a thoughtful response once called upon to do so is a very effective aspect in teaching. Most of the time, teachers become impatient when a student delays to provide an answer and just go ahead to answer it if they don’t pass it on to the next student. A good teacher patiently waits and may even give clues to prompt the stuck student to encourage a free and fair classroom environment.

It’s easy to brush these highly effective, but patience-testing practices to one side, claiming there is no time to offer them. Yet when we look back at our own education, we find mentors who somehow found a way to be patient with us, even when every indicator told them to move on to the next thing or give up. Give the learners a little credit; Rome wasn’t built in a day. The sooner we and those mandating policy upon us recognize these non-negotiable elements, the better we can serve our mission.

The writer is a Language Consultant

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Makerere Reverts to Pinning Marks On Notice Boards

By Damali Mukhaye

Kampala — The management of Makerere University yesterday agreed to revert to the old system of pinning marks on the notice boards after enraged students staged a strike over management’s failure to release their marks for last semester.

The angry students who resorted to the strike yesterday as the last resort, complained that after the university closed the result system in the wake of forged marks scandal, the on-going criminal investigations have affected even the continuing students.

The students say they are unable to access their results.

On March 20, the university management closed the online marks system and suspended the issuance of academic transcripts to allow the institution clean up the system after some staff infiltrated the database and falsified some of the students’ marks.

The university management on Tuesday met with the students’ leadership and reportedly begged them to call off the strike and promised that the management was handling their issues.

However, such calls fell on deaf ears. Students started demonstrating as early as 8am on Wednesday apparently, to exert pressure on management to find immediate solutions to their problems. Police used force to break the strike. At least seven students were arrested yesterday and by press time they were still in detention.

Identity cards saga

First year students also raised the red flag over the university failing to issue them with computerised Identify Cards (IDs) yet they paid Shs45, 000 each up from Shs15,000.

Yesterday, police authorities fired bullets and teargas to disperse angry students who had turned rowdy.

Students, however, vowed to continue with the strike until the university management responded to their outcry with urgency.

The deputy vice chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration, Prof Barnabus Nawangwe told Daily Monitor that they have been left with no option but to pin the results on the notice board since no one can access the result system.

“Remember we closed our system which was being used and it is not accessible to anybody, so our challenge is to make the results accessible to students,” Prof Nawangwe said.

He added; “The technical team is working around the clock to see where there is an alternative or a short-term measure where students can view their results. If that fails, we are going to revert to old system of printing and pinning the results on the notice board.”

Prof Nawangwe also explained that the university will today start issuing IDs to ‘freshers’ under the old system after the university failed to procure computerised IDs.

He has also directed the managers to refund students money.

Background

The Academic Registrar, Alfred Masikye Namoah, on March 20 wrote to the university staff, students and stakeholders indicating they had temporarily shut down the transcripts processing in order to clean up the mess. The university has since suspended more than six officials for allegedly involving in the altering of marks for students. First year students also claim they paid for the IDs but they are yet to be issued.

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Learning By Practice – Students Exposed to Conservation

interviewBy Mugini Jacob

Principal of Singita Grumeti Environmental Education Center Mr Laurian Lamatus carefully explains a point to some students who attended an environmental course at the center recently .

SINGITA Grumeti’s commitment to conservation, development and community outreach come together in perfect harmony in the establishment of the Singita Grumeti Environmental Educational Center in Tanzania.The Center serves to engage and educate the community’s next generation of leaders on the importance of a balanced, sustainable ecosystem. The center conducts approximately 25 week-long courses per year which are attended by 300 youth from the 26 secondary schools in nearby districts border.

The center’s focus on education extends to the environment and the critical role each individual plays in minimizing their impact on the earth’s limited resources. Twelve students accompanied by their teacher are exposed to critical environmental issues such as deforestation, soil erosion, waste management and water conservation that affect each and every one of them. In this interview Staff Writer MUGINI JACOB talks with Laurian Lamatus the principal of the center since 2009 on conservation issues.Excerpts:

What does an average day at the EEC look like?

The first thing I do in the morning is inspect the kitchens to make sure that breakfast is ready for the learners. Classes then commence at 8.00am and run until 5.00pm, after which we keep the learners active with outdoor games for a couple of hours. After a short break we meet for dinner, which is usually followed by a conservation film before bed time around 9pm. Each day I will also have a slot for doing managerial work for the center.

How did you become aware of the importance of environmental awareness?

I was a shepherd as a young boy, taking care of our goats and sheep, and had a great passion for birds and insects. I frequently stayed with my Grandma during my youth and she taught me about various herbal plants; a set of knowledge that I am proud to use to this day. In primary school I joined Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots environmental club where I became a leader and this sparked a greater interest in environmental conservation.

What’s your favourite thing about engaging students with nature?

AI love to see how my students react when they hear and see while out on game drive or exploring nature. I also enjoy the community visits where we teach local youth about what environmentally conscious hospitality means for them and their families, and the important link between tourism, conservation and community prosperity.

What does the environmental education course entail?

The goal for this course is to impart both theoretical and practical skills amongst youth in secondary schools and their teachers on the sustainable use of natural resources. The center does this by encouraging a passion for the environment and creating an understanding of the ecosystem and our role in it. Knowledge shared includes soil and vegetation usage and management; water conservation; as well as the protection of local wildlife including birds, animals and insects. Leadership skills are also taught as part of a broader strategy to influence the mindset of the youth through KAP; knowledge, attitude and practice.

Based on the skills and knowledge they’re gaining, what impact do you think your students are having on their communities?

First of all the programme is creating future leaders with the experience and ability to correctly manage the use of natural resources. Secondly, the students’ families benefit from the ripple effect of their knowledge through activities like the planting of trees and vegetable gardens in nearby villages. Finally, and as a result of this ripple effect, the local community becomes more aware of the importance of conservation, ensuring that the message is spread far and wide.

Which of the projects you have carried out with the students have been most successful?

Apart from the “green programmes” (like the tree planting mentioned above), we’ve also had wonderful success with building awareness through an art competition. Students were encouraged to design something for use in a calendar which was then printed and used to create awareness for other youth and their communities.

The annual ‘Malihai’ (youth conservation clubs) conference which commemorates World Environment Day brings young people together to learn from one another and from our speakers, who are environmental experts and professionals. They benefit greatly from these presentations as it helps to keep them up to date with global projects and movements affecting conservation and tourism.

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Kabale Brainstorm High School Closed After Violent Strike

Kabale Brainstorm high school has been closed following a violent students strike.

The students rampaged on Wednesday morning and attacked their cooks as they tried to serve them breakfast and smashed several window panes prompting police to fire teargas to disperse them.

Senior three students staged a sit down strike on Tuesday evening protesting the delay by the school administration to avail them new uniforms. They also accused the administration of ‘torturing’ during punishment.

They refrained from school meals and refused to attend classes. They demanded the sacking of Moses Byaruhanga, the teacher in charge of meals, Johnson Tumukunde, the Swahili teacher and entire non-teaching staff.

Isaac Muhumuza, the head teacher dismisses the students’ complaints as baseless, saying the students first complained that they were denied permission to break off for Easter holidays.

He also reveals that only the few students who joined recently lack uniforms, adding that arrangements underway to sort them out. Muhumuza says they decided to send home all the students since they completed their second term examinations.

He says the students will only report on May 5 to pick their report cards. Ely Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson, says they will maintain a presence at the school despite its closure for security purposes.

URN

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