Dr. Jane Egau, the undersecretary at the ministry, announced these guidelines, stating that students who do not provide academic progress updates and those who do not progress will not be funded for the subsequent year.
Dr. Jane Egau
of Education and Sports has issued new guidelines for students on various
scholarships who are studying abroad. According to the Ministry, failure to
submit progress reports will lead to the suspension of stipends.
Dr. Jane Egau, the undersecretary at the ministry, announced these guidelines,
stating that students who do not provide academic progress updates and those
who do not progress will not be funded for the subsequent year.
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Dr. Egau was speaking on Thursday while sending off a group of students to
Algeria at Makerere University.
Dr. Egau noted that in the past, some students have been lax in their studies,
failing to make progress, while others completely disappear after arriving in
their designated countries but continue to receive taxpayers' money. She added
that, in the new arrangement, students must submit progress reports, and the
ministry will cross-reference this information with their respective
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Apart from Algeria, the government pays allowances and stipends to students
studying on scholarship in countries like India, Cuba, Hungary, and Egypt among
The Algerian government offers 100 scholarships to Ugandan nationals through an
annual program administered by the Ministry of Education and Sports. However,
the Ugandan government is expected to provide at least USD 200 per month to
support their stay in Algeria.
Despite the temporary suspension of the Algerian scholarship in 2019 due to
COVID-19 and other related factors, it resumed this year, with Uganda being
allocated 100 slots.
However, only 39 students have been confirmed by their respective universities.
Five of these students will not be going for various reasons, including
enrolling in programs locally, illness, and not being traced.
Muzamil Mukwatampola, the Commissioner in Charge of Admissions and Student
Affairs, mentioned that the remaining slots, up to 61 students, will be
confirmed, and successful awardees will be notified.
Mukwatampola emphasized that although the government is supposed to provide a
monthly stipend, those going may have to wait for up to four or five years to
receive this money. This is a change from the previous practice where students
could receive funds soon after arriving in a foreign country.
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Additionally, the commissioner emphasized the importance of parental support
for the awardees during the months when the stipend is not yet available.
Parents were urged to assist their children with any needs that may arise
during this period, ensuring a smooth transition and continued focus on their
In 2021, a group of 74 students in Algeria went seven months without receiving
their stipends, prompting them to appeal to the government for assistance. The
delay in stipend disbursement affected their ability to purchase educational materials
and pay for essential services around their universities.
The awardees were provided with essential information necessary for their
travel. This included guidance on what to expect upon arrival in Algeria,
instructions on adapting to the new culture, insights on weather conditions,
and related information.
The information session was conducted by officials from the Ministry and a
former student who had successfully completed the same program. The
pre-departure briefing aimed to equip the students with the knowledge and tools
to navigate their new environment smoothly and ensure a successful start to
their academic journey in Algeria.