By the end of 2023, the number of learners registered on the EMIS portal in 30 UPE schools in Luwero and 26 schools in Nakaseke district was fewer than the figures reported to the Ministry of Education and Sports.
LC 5 Chairman Erastus Kibirango and MP Brenda Nabukenya say the move will help to weed out ghost learners
Nakaseke and Luwero districts have withheld capitation
grants for 56 schools due to inconsistencies in the enrollment data of pupils
under Universal Primary Education. In April last year, the Ministry of
Education and Sports introduced the re-developed Education Management
Information System (EMIS) in both public and private institutions at all levels
This system was implemented to capture learner data,
facilitating performance tracking and enhancing data management in the
education sector. The EMIS replaced headcounts in public schools, and since
then, head teachers have been instructed to ensure that all learners are
registered on the portal.
However, by the end of 2023, the number of learners
registered on the EMIS portal in 30 UPE schools in Luwero and 26 schools in
Nakaseke district was fewer than the figures reported to the Ministry of
Education and Sports. Consequently, the Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry of Education and Sports has directed Chief Administrative Officers to
withhold capitation grants to these schools until they provide explanations for
Some of the affected UPE schools in Luwero district
include Kisaze, Kibanyi, Wobulenzi Public, Kasana UMEA, Buyuki RC, and Bwaziba
Primary School, among others. Erastus Kibirango, the LC 5 Chairman of
Luwero district, stated that the Chief Administrative Officer has already
communicated with the headteachers of the affected schools, instructing them to
clarify the enrollment data inconsistencies before the funds are released.
Kibirango added that if the headteachers
fail to provide satisfactory explanations, the district will only release
capitation grants for pupils registered in the system.
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In response to the situation, Hajji Yusuf Kamulegeya,
the Luwero District Inspector of Schools, reported that he has met with the
headteachers of the affected schools, where they defended themselves regarding
the data inconsistencies. Some attributed the discrepancies to internet network
failures, frustrations by private service providers, and a lack of computer
knowledge required to upload all learners to the EMIS portal.
"Others blamed the problem on parents
who failed to produce their National Identification Numbers (NINs), which are
necessary for uploading pupil particulars. Some parents claimed they didn’t
have National IDs, making it impossible for the schools to register the
learners," Kamulegeya said. Kamulegeya also mentioned that the district
extended the deadline for uploading learner data to the EMIS portal before
releasing the capitation grant.
However, Ignatius Koomu, the LC 5 Chairman
of Nakaseke district, insisted that headteachers of the affected schools must
explain whether they inflated earlier enrollment data to fraudulently obtain
capitation grants from the government. Koomu highlighted the issue of ghost
learners contributing to the listed dropout rates, emphasizing the need to
determine whether the missing learners on the EMIS portal existed.
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Brenda Nabukenya, the Luwero District Woman
Member of Parliament, supported the district's actions, stating that it would
help identify ghost learners who might be included in the schools' records to
obtain capitation grants.
During a recent talk show, Dr. Dennis
Mugimba, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Education and Sports, explained
that EMIS was adopted after concerns were raised by the Ministry of Finance
regarding the number of learners in UPE and USE programs.
Mugimba clarified that EMIS aims to verify
the existence of learners amidst fears of inflated figures, which could account
for a 33% completion rate over five constant years. He noted that headcounts were ineffective in
determining this due to the practice of some schools transporting learners from
other institutions to UPE schools for the count.