State Minister of Education Hon. Rosemary Seninde has said the mass registration of learners is aimed at strengthening supervision mechanisms for fighting the issue of ghost students.
“The education and sports sector works towards strengthening of monitoring and supervision mechanisms to fight the phenomenon of ghost pupils and students,” said Seninde.
According to the minister, the resolution was made during the retreat of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries at Kyankwanzi held between February 6 to 16, 2014.
It is against that back drop that the President directed that the biometric registration of all pupils and students be undertaken as a way of strengthening supervision of schools, and rationalizing spending so as to save resources that could then be functionalized in other activities in line with the strategic guidelines and directives of the President.
In a press statement, Seninde also noted that registration of learners seeks to enable “authoritative identification of students and pupils and ensure effective implementation of capitation grants.”
In future, the she explains, “the NINs will be used as index numbers during national examinations.”
Registration of learners commenced on May 29 and will run until August 30.
About10 million learners in primary and secondary schools as well as post primary technical institutions in the country are to be registered.
The Ministry of Education and Sports in collaboration with the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) are in charge of the project that will include learners aged 5-16 in the country.
Delivery of forms, equipment and other materials have so far been done in eight (8) regions including Kampala, Arua, Gulu, Moroto, Soroti, Mbarara, Hoima and Kabarole.
To date, Senide confirms, a total of 8,737,874 forms have been delivered out of the expected 11.0million (79.4%).
“A total of 13,479 schools have received forms out of 15,479 schools in districts where forms have been sent,” the statement reads.
The last stages have been reached to roll out in the few remaining regions of Masaka, Jinja, Mbale and Luwero.
A total of 12,000 Enrollment Officers (EOs) and 200 data processing officers were recruited at districts to handle the enrolment and data processing processes respectively.