Ministry of Education Extends National Learner Registration Deadline :: Uganda Radionetwork

In June this year, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), launched a new national registration for all learners at all levels of education, which will serve as basic information for the verification of learners and the issuance of national identification numbers. NINE.

The Ministry of Education and Sports has extended the deadline for submitting learner profile data to the Education Management Information System-EMIS. In a letter to all university headteachers, principals and vice-chancellors, Dr Jane Egua, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, notes that the deadline has been extended to September 30.

This means that the school has an additional two weeks to submit the required information. Although Dr Egua did not give the reasons for the extension, sources at the ministry say many schools failed to upload the required information citing network problems and lack of equipment.

“Some schools, especially those in rural areas, had not even sent half of their students. some of the reasons given for the delay are understandable and they have been briefed on how they can work with their respective local governments to complete the activities in the limited time available,” a source told our reporter.

In June this year, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), launched a new national registration for all learners at all levels of education, which will serve as basic information for the verification of learners and the issuance of national identification numbers. NINE.

In a recent interview, Patrick Zziwa, the Bukomansimbi District Education Officer noted that several schools had not yet completed the process before the second term closed. The fact that there are many students but little equipment made the task difficult. “Many schools lacked the computers needed to upload the data. The district made the decision to establish coordination centers in each sub-county, where each school will have access to computers,” Zziwa noted.

Margate Nabakooza, Principal of St. Joseph Elementary School in Nansana Municipality, explains that although her school completed the procedure before the end of the second term, she enrolled new learners who had not yet registered in the system.

“A significant portion of the students admitted this term, the majority of whom were attending private schools, were not yet registered on the system. We have already requested a cameraman from the municipal education office so that we can register them as well. We should be finished by the end of the week,” she said.

According to Ministry of Education guidelines, a learner can only be registered once. When changing schools, they do not need to re-register, but instead use a computer-generated Learner ID number, which is linked to National Registration Authority records. the parent’s identification.

The ministry also asked secondary school principals who had previously submitted their S.1 and S.2 learner information on paper or by email to use the extension to resubmit the information through the portal. EMIS.

For S.1 and S.2 learners, registration is essential as the Uganda National Examination Board UNEB is supposed to use Learner ID numbers to collect their school assessments as required by the new curriculum of lower secondary school.