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KCCA Tightens Procedures For Starting Up Private Schools

Galiwango says that KCCA will use the recommendation from the inspection exercise to decide on whether or not to license the institution to operate.

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Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has tightened the procedures for starting up private educational institutions in the city. Ann Galiwango, the KCCA director for Education says that starting in 2013, anybody wishing to start up a private educational institution will be required to communicate their intention to the authority in writing. She explains that on receiving the communication, KCCA will dispatch a team from the health and physical planning departments to inspect and access the proposed premises of the school.

Galiwango says that KCCA will use the recommendation from the inspection exercise to decide on whether or not to license the institution to operate. Currently, investors in education set up schools and only invite KCCA to license it. Galiwango blames the old arrangement for the existence of the high number of substandard schools in the city.

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She says that the other guiding principle on the procedures is that KCCA shall only carryon the issuance of certificates and licenses at the beginning of the calendar year.

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In July this year, Huzaifa Mutazindwa, the director of education standards asked KCCA to find means of eliminating illegal and substandard schools in the city. In the letter, Mutazindwa said that the illegal schools were posing a great danger to the lives of the pupils and communities.