Edward Ssebukyu, the Assistant Commissioner of Private Schools and institutions, says the decision is aimed at cleaning up the private secondary school’s register and update information on all schools across the country.
Ministry of Education and Sports has
recalled the registration certificates of all private secondary schools across
the country. Edward Ssebukyu, the Assistant Commissioner of Private Schools
and institutions, says the decision is aimed at cleaning up the private
secondary school’s register and update information on all schools across the
“We need to get updated information on all these schools in this category for
better planning in the sector. The available information is not updated and
therefore doesn’t reflect the realities on the ground,” says Ssebukyu. He explains that the ministry plans to phase
out the old certificate by 2023. This means private secondary schools have three
years to return their old certificates in exchange for new ones, which will
come with computerized security protocols that cannot be manipulated.
“The entire process is free and the ministry will be handling it in a phased
manner. Each quarter we will be handling a given region or selected regions. We
have already started with the central region,” Ssebukyu said. He, however, says
that schools will be required to provide a few requirements including their
status reports detailing the school and land ownership, Education Management
Information System-EMIS number, Tax Identification Number-TIN and details on the
student’s enrollment and staff among others.
Available information indicates that the ministry is currently working with the
register of secondary schools that were opened up in the early 1950s. There are
over 60,000 schools on the register. However, the register provides limited information
regarding the current status of these institutions.
Mary Mutende, the Principal Education Officer under private schools and
institutions department in the Ministry of Education cites an example of many
private secondary schools that have since closed shop but are still in the
Ministry records. She also notes that the register still contains schools
whose administration or ownership has since been transferred to the ministry as
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Some of the schools have also changed location while others have gone
ahead to modify or completely change their names without the knowledge of the
ministry. Mutende says that under the new arrangement, the ministry is coming up
with new changes in the licensing and registration guidelines.
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Ssebukyu further adds after issuing the new certificates, any changes in the
key information on the certificates will render the certificate invalid. “For
instance if a school changes location, or ownership, it must come back and get
a new license with that detail,” he added.
He adds that the schools will also be required to share their updated
information including enrollment, staff, available furniture and latrine
stances among others regularly through the EMIS to enable the ministry make informed
decisions for operational and managerial functions.