The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Minister
of Education Janet Museveni to appear before Parliament and explain steps taken
on the MPs resolution to halt the implementation of the new revised lower
Janet Museveni Referred to Disciplinary Committee For Contempt of Parliament.
Kadaga made the directive on Thursday amid calls from a section of Members of
Parliament to send the Minister to the disciplinary committee of parliament for
refusing to implement a resolution of parliament halting the curriculum.
Last week parliament halted the implementation of the revised lower secondary
curriculum, which among others scraps termly examinations.
The curriculum was developed by the National Curriculum
Development Centre (NCDC) and it replaces termly exams with projects that
students will undertake every end of topic. Teachers will then be required to
note the student’s progress before any other topic is introduced.
However, teachers will be administering end of year exams in order
to give feedback to parents and guardians.
Parliament argued that the new curriculum implementation that starts next week
with Senior One students was rushed and required more consultation of
However, Cabinet on Monday met and instead cleared the Ministry of Education to
continue with the implementation of the new curriculum.
The Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ocan rose on a procedural point demanding
respect for resolutions made by parliament. She questioned why the Executive
had defied parliament on the matter.
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Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante said that actions by Cabinet, Ministry of
Education of NCDC were belittling parliament.
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Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo said that each arm of
government should respect each other. He said that it was sad for parliament
resolutions to be undermined by public servants.
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Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda questioned why the Minister of
Education chose not to address parliament on the matter. Nganda suggested that
the Minister is sent to Parliament’s disciplinary committee for contempt of
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Kadaga said that parliament had legitimate questions that the Minister of
Education must provide answers to on Tuesday next week.
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The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Ruganda appealed for mutual respect saying that
what Cabinet and Parliament were doing was complimentary. He committed that the
Executive would make a response on the revised curriculum before Parliament.
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However, his call for mutual response was rubbished by Ocan saying that he had
no moral authority to demand for respect yet the Executive does not respect
Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi also wondered why Cabinet could go-ahead
to implement a policy for which parliament is responsible for appropriating