PLE Excellence Challenges Us To Do Better, Kampala Parents Principal

The good academic performance registered by Kampala Parents’ School ‘energizes’ and ‘challenges’ the school’s administration ‘to do even much better’, the school’s principal, Madam Daphne Kato, wrote in a widely publicized article.

In the 2018 national Primary Leaving Examination, Kampala Parents registered a 100% pass rate when all the 234 candidates passed in grade one. "With 100% pupils in first grade, Kampala Parents’ performance is more than 3 times above the average first-grade performance for all Kampala schools- 29.6 percent," she wrote.

"Certainly as we start 2019 academic year, that also coincides with the 15th Anniversary under new management, we are more than energized but at the same time, challenged as well to do even much better. We believe with our world-class facilities and the immense support from both our parents and teachers, as well as our proprietors, the sky is the limit,"

Madam Kato calls upon all parents to continue being involved and taking keen interest in the education of their children. “On our part, we promise to continue working with and through the Parents Advisory Board to continuously review and improve our quest to provide holistic education to our learners,”

Fifteen years ago, Kampala Parents’ School became part of the Ruparelia Group, a move that changed the school’s fortunes. Madam Kato reveals that under the Ruparelia Group, the school has undergone both an ideological and structural transformation.

She said: "Ideologically, the school has reoriented its focus to becoming centre of balanced academic excellence as reflected in our mission i.e. “to facilitate first-class education and civilisation to children with and from outside Uganda with the hope that there will be a better world community tomorrow,"

"This shift which is very visible in our all-round curriculum, is backed by the school’s proprietors’ conviction that “the growth of any nation, lies in the hands of the young generation and the responsibility to mould them into useful citizens is on us, the adult generation.”

"The schools’ proprietors and management, believe that a diversely-skilled human resources is the major driving force for every country’s development and that developing useful industrious human resources needs laying a strong foundation right from childhood. With this conviction, the school, in 2010 started on an aggressive physical expansion and quality enhancement programme.

The Ruparelia Group between 2010 and 2012 invested in excess of $7 million, physically expanding the school from just a 4-acre establishment to a 13-acre world class centre of educational excellence.

The expansion exercise saw, 35 new spacious classroom blocks added to the school, creating a total of 110 classrooms. With 110 classrooms and an installed capacity of up to 3,000 kids, each class has an average of 40 to 50 children and a teacher to pupil ratio of 1:25.

The expansion also came with 2 new state-of-the-art and well stocked libraries, 2 ICT rooms with smart boards, 2 fully-equipped science labs, 2 home science labs, 1 media room, 1 stitching room with enough sewing machines, 1 music room, 1 drama room and a 2,000-seater multipurpose hall to double both as the dining hall and recreation centre.

We also constructed a new sports centre, with a swimming pool, basketball and netball courts.

A new purpose-built pre-primary section with a capacity of 700 children and a day care centre with a capacity of up to 200 toddlers was built. A 2-kilometre wall fence was also erected around the 13-acre school complex to boost security and safety.

The expansion phase, was completed in 2012, making Kampala Parents’ one of the largest and most equipped educational centres with an installed capacity of 3,000 pupils in the upper primary school section and 700 kids in the pre-primary and day care sections.

With the physical expansion complete, the school also underwent several staff and management changes, so as to be able to support our new orientation of producing all-round and balanced children, but also meet stakeholder expectations.

New Mining Policy Presents Little Relief For Artisanal Miners

By Flavia Nalubega

On 17th May 218, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development announced Cabinet’s approval of new Minerals and Mining Policy.  The policy is meant to guide Uganda’s mineral’s sector and address the gaps in the mining laws.

For a process that has taken over five years, indeed  there is need to celebrate! It has been a forth and back process, but very involving. There is need to applaud the Ministry that greatly involved mining communities, civil society organizations in Uganda that do advocacy work on mining, particularly ActionAid among others, legal bodies and other participants.

The beauty about this policy lies in the input to support formalization and regulation of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining. The Policy will as well consider mainstreaming gender equity, human rights and inclusiveness in the mineral sector, which is key in promoting and protecting women miners while discouraging children in mining. 

ASMs and women miners have for so long labored in Uganda’s mining sector with little or no recognition. With the so much effort they put in to earn a living from the sector, all they’ve faced is the iron law that supports big mining companies at the cost of these communities. They are forced to mine ‘crumps’ and the real ‘bread’ in the mining areas goes to international investors. 

 From the current artisan mining in Mubende, Buhweju, Busia, Namayingo, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Kaabong, Abim and Moroto Districts, its estimated that about 200 kilograms of gold equivalent to $ 8m, is being mined per month by ASMs and all this goes untaxed neither unrecognized. 

In Mubende alone, gold mining has attracted tens of thousands of Ugandans to earn a living from the lucrative mining business. But last year the government took a bold step and chased all the over 50,000 ASMs from the gold mining area in favour of an AUC International mining company. The Government practically sent its people into unemployment and ripple effects are felt until date in increased crime rates, increased robberies and the high rate of kidnaps for money. 

In Lwera-Masaka, sand minining has become a business for international companies. Chinese export this sand for billions of dollars, while local communities look on. They have occupied and bought off locals in this area-forcefully It took legislators’ and Civil society’s noise and interventions  for Government to finally take a stand against export of this sand, an exercise that had gone on for years. 

It is exciting to learn that Government now acknowledges that ASMs can make a big contribution to this country through taxation, while also earning a living from this lucrative business. We also jubilate that the President recently gave a directive to have the ASMs return to their gold mining area in Mubende, after confirming that they are an organized and registered mining group. The recent news about MEMD’s new office in Karamoja to bring support services close to the mining community there is also very fulfilling. This and more is what is expected of any democratic government. 

The new Policy also proposes an establishment of ASM Fund to support lending schemes and protection of miners and facilitate access to land for Artisanal and small scale mining as well as establish an enabling framework for Artisanal and Small Scale Mining. 

We need the Mining Law

Even with all this, it is not yet time to over jubilate the Policy for it is only a guiding document. There is need to fasten the process of reviewing the Mining Act 2003 to address what the policy proposes, if the mining sector is to be better organized for the benefit of both government, mining communities and mining companies.

The policy is expected to inform the proposed amendment to Mining Act, 2003 and address the gaps existing in Uganda’s mining laws. On announcement of the approval of the Mining Policy, the Ministry also confirmed the Mining Act had been tabled before the Parliamentary committee for review.

We appreciate this far the law has come, but for a process that started close to four years ago, there is need to fasten the review process to enact the law. With the law in place, ASMs will have a fall back position, especially when their rights to mining are violented, like has been the case in the recent past.

Key reforms in the policy;

  • It proposes for the establishment of ASM Fund to support artisanal miners
  • It proposes for the establishment of Mining Tribunal to arbitrate minerals and mining disputes
  • It proposes for the establishment of the Mineral Audit Agency to assess royalties payable, revenue distribution and management among others
  • It recommends for the establishment of a Mineral Reserve Fund where revenues from minerals will be collected.
  • It proposes for the establishment of local content Development Fund in the mineral sector for skills and enterprise development.
  • Establishes a committee to review and evaluate applications for mineral rights.

Flavia Nalubega works for ActionAid Uganda

Why Kampala Parents’ School Continues To Excel, Proprietors Reveal Tricks

Over the years, Kampala Parents School (KPS) has made a statement as an academic powerhouse in not only Kampala but the entire country. The primary school owned by the Ruparelia Group continues to excel in the national Primary Leaving Examination (PLE).

In an interview with the press Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the proprietor of KPS, explained what makes the school continue to be a top notch performer. “We have listened to our parents, we worked closely with our teachers and pupils and this has shown in our 5-star performance in the just released 2018 PLE results.”

In the 2018 PLE released results, KPS registered a 100 percent performance after all their 234 candidates passed in first grade. This result betters that of 2017 where out of the 274 pupils, 200 scored first grade and the rest passed in second grade. In 2017, KPS was the best mathematics school in the country.

“This is a result of working with our teachers and pupils and listening to our parents and other stakeholders,” said Dr. Ruparelia.

Rajiv Ruparelia, a director at the school said that with expansion projects complete, a lot more focus would be put academic excellence, with an aim of producing balanced pupils.

“Much as we did very well, better than most if not all the schools in our category, we are capable of a lot more. We have invested in the best facilities to create a great learning environment for pupils.

This great performance is a good indicator that the investment made by the directors is beginning to pay off. More importantly, it is an encouragement to our teachers, our parents and our pupils,” he said in a phone interview.

The school recently received a $7 million facelift and expansion that saw the building of 35 new classrooms, creating a total of 110 classrooms at the school. Two (2) state of the art libraries, 2 ICT rooms, 2 science labs, 2 home science labs, 1 media room, 1 stitching room, 1 music room, 1 drama room and a 2,000-seater multipurpose hall to double both as the dining hall and recreation centre were also built.

A new swimming pool, a basketball court and an extra playing field are being constructed as well as a 500-capacity purpose-built kindergarten and a day care centre with a capacity of up to 200 toddlers were also added. The school also had a 2-kilometre wall fence erected around the 13-acre school complex as part of the expansion to boost security of the pupils.

The school has an installed capacity for 3,000 pupils in the upper primary school section and 700 kids in the kindergarten and day care sections.  The school admits pupils from 2 years (pre-primary) up to Primary 7.

Daphne Kato, the school’s Principal attributed the good performance hard work, a good relationship with parents and God’s blessings. “This performance, if you are to make it, you have to make sure you work hand in hand with the parents,”

“You have to make sure that you have a strong team of teachers. And the most important thing is to make sure that the facilities are in place. You have always seen our school, there is isn’t anything that is not available here. Our directors have provided whatever is required for pupils to excel.” Kato said.

Production Of Oil In The Albertine Will Disrupt The Climate

The production of oil in the Albertine region will not only bring cash to the economy but it will also disrupt the climate since burning of fossil fuels is one of the challenges facing the world today which has caused extreme weather conductions, rising oceans and record setting temperatures are wreaking havoc on hundreds of millions of lives and livelihoods around the world and Uganda has had its own share of this.

The greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from burning fossil fuels have already warmed the globe by more than 1°C since the beginning of the industrial revolution, unless we can rein in these emissions and ambitiously transition to a just, clean and renewable energy future, the planet will become unrecognizable as global temperatures soar by 4,5, or 6°C and beyond which will affect a way of living  hence causing a crisis in production of food and other services.

The vast majority of the historical global emissions that are driving the climate change have come from the excessive use of fossil fuels but it’s the poorest countries like Uganda that are having high appetite of investing in production of fossil fuels and yet we can afford to adapt to the changing climate.

The recent global climate agreement in Paris was a major step in recognizing the global urgency of the crisis but the it will take serious action from both international and national governments to meet the new goals that inspire to limit global warming however the deal fell short when the Europeans started to finance the production of oil in Uganda and Africa at large and efforts to support the most vulnerable are limited when even adaptation becomes impossible.

In order to avoid the worst of dangerous climate change, we must keep carbon in the ground. According to the best available science, to have a decent shot at limiting global warming to even 2°C, 80% of the fossil fuels we already have access to must stay in the ground, this number will be even more dramatic for the 1.5 °C limit that countries such as the U.S., have committed to. This effectively means no major new fossil fuel projects, and phasing out existing fossil fuel production and consumption by the middle of the century, replacing them with a safe, clean, just, and renewable economy that is 100% decarbonized.

Written by Mumbere Edwin Fanta

Kasese Field officer-Africa Institute for Energy Governance.


Borrowing For Energy Sector Has Not Benefited Ugandans

By Diana Nabiruma

On Wednesday January 8, 2019, after its 5pm news bulletin, Sanyu FM aired some of its listeners’ views on what their expectations of 2019 are.

Most of the sampled listeners expressed fears of a hard 2019. Worries over economic and political hardships were rife.

One particular listener’s views caught my attention however. In Luganda, he groaned that his two meals a day would be reduced to one in 2019.


He must have heard the alarm raised by the Auditor General (AG) and civil society organisations (CSOs) about Uganda’s rising debt.

CSOs say Uganda’s borrowing is unsustainable. The AG also expressed discomfort over the country’s debt burden, standing at Shs 41.3 trillion.

Further, in the 2018/2019 financial year, over 65% of revenues collected by government are supposed to be used on debt servicing!

Hence the above listener’s worries.

He said that in 2019, government was going to suck citizens dry to pay the mounting debt.

As such, people such as himself would have to forego basic necessities such as food!


Interestingly, on the day the above listener’s views were aired, Hon. Matia Kasaija, the Finance Minister, held a press conference at the media centre to soothe the public.

He is reported to have told journalists that Ugandans should stay calm.

He said that at a debt to GDP ratio of 41.5%, Uganda’s debt is below international sustainability thresholds of a debt to GDP ratio of 50%.

To further calm Ugandans, the minister is reported to have said that if some of them are still around, there is no way the country would be led into debt stress!

He also reassured Ugandans that because money borrowed has been invested in the productive sectors of roads and energy, the debts would pay off.


However, a look at available evidence and Uganda today shows that the above assertion by Hon. Kasaija’s assertion is erroneous.

Over the last ten years, (2009/2010-2018/2019), government has allocated over Shs 16. 871 trillion to the energy sector. This was 16.57% of Uganda's GDP as at June 2018.

Some of the above money has been borrowed and invested in the construction of dams with the view that electrification will address poverty among other challenges in Uganda.

Indeed, Hon. Kasaija affirmed that monies borrowed have been invested in dams such as Isimba and Karuma.

Noteworthy is the fact that the costs of Bujagali, Karuma and Isimba dams alone cover over 30.4% of Uganda's $10.7 billion debt burden. 

Have Ugandans however benefitted from monies borrowed and invested in the electricity and roads sector? 

Well, in 2015, the World Bank reported that that for every dollar invested in infrastructural projects, less than a dollar is recouped.

In addition, despite all the money that has been invested in the electricity sector, a dismal 22% of Uganda’s population had access to electricity as at June 2018.

Further, a look at the World Bank’s access to electricity data shows that in some instances, development of dams has had a negative impact on electricity access.

For instance, before commissioning of Bujagali dam in 2012, urban electricity access stood at 55.4%. This was in 2011.

In 2012 when Bujagali was commissioned, urban electricity access dropped to 51.2%. By 2015, Ugandan urbanites were in yet to recover with only 51.9% having access to electricity. Our rural counterparts fared worse. 

Even more indicting is the fact that according to 2016/2017 survey results released by Uganda Bureau of Statistics in 2018, poverty levels in Uganda increased from 19.7% in 2012/2013 to 21.4% in 2016/2017. Rural poverty rose to 22.5% and urban poverty to 9.4%! 

How then, are Uganda’s debts expected to pay off as the minister reassured Ugandans if increased borrowing is followed by increasing poverty?

Moreover, with the corruption, high costs of and procurement scandals that rocked the Karuma and Isimba dam deals, power from the two dams is unlikely to be as cheap as government promises it will be.

This means that the envisaged socio-economic transformation arising from completion of the two dams is unlikely to happen!

The author is the Senior Communications Officer of Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO).


Victoria University Commends DRC Support

Victory University Kampala which is part of the large education portfolio of Ruparelia Group, a conglomerate owned by businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has expressed their gratitude towards the DR Congo community in Uganda.

A sizeable number of foreign students at the Jinja Road University come from Democratic Republic of Congo and during a courtesy visit to the premises of ambassador of DR Congo H.E Jean Pierre Massala in Kampala, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Krishna N Sharma passed on their thankfulness to the Congolese.

The Vice Chancellor Dr. Sharma also congratulated the ambassador on the just concluded elections which saw a new leader, DRC opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, elected to replace long serving Joseph Kabila as President of giant mineral rich nation.

Victoria University is increasing becoming a home for international students from across the great lakes region. Students from DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ghana, and Nigeria and outside Africa have been to feel comfortable at the University because of the University’s policies.

The University assists all International students in obtaining student visa as per the standing rate at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Its location, in the middle of Kampala City, also provides convenience and accessibility to foreign students.

Government To Enact Tough Laws On Coffee Growing

By George Busiinge

The Managing Director (ED) of Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) Dr Emmanuel Iyamulemye has revealed that the government plans to pass laws which will see farmers neglecting coffee growing being penalized.

Iyamulemye revealed this while speaking at a one-day workshop on commercial coffee production for Masindi coffee sub-region at Masindi Country Inn. He said the current law governing coffee was enacted in 1990 for regulating only coffee export but not seedlings or coffee plants.

The ED is optimistic that the National Coffee Bill will be passed by the end of this financial year. Iyamulemye added that if the coffee bill is passed into law, it will see farmers who are neglecting coffee plantation prosecuted in courts of law. The law will also see UCDA staff penalized for not properly managing the sector.

He added that neglecting coffee plantation is like being an enemy to your country since coffee is the main Uganda’s export. Remember Uganda is the eighth in exporting coffee in the world and the second in Africa. Uganda exports between 4 and 5 million bags of coffee per year and its

vision is to export at least 20 million bags of coffee by 2025. The ED’s revelation followed a concern raised by the Masindi District LC 5 chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga. The chairman said farmers need to put concerted efforts on coffee growing. He discouraged farmers from

turning to growing every crop that they hear is fetching more income. Byaruhanga said a lot of coffee seedlings were being put to waste citing thousands of coffee seedlings which are drying up at Kitonozi primary school in Bwijanga sub-county.

He also called upon Uganda coffee development authority to ensure that they encourage the youth to embrace coffee growing noting that most of the youth associate coffee with the elderly saying that this is because they are the ones who know its value.

Five Christmas Day Menu Deals You Can Consider

To many people, Christmas is all about eating good food with family and friends. And true to this tradition hotels around the world cater to their customer needs and come up with special Christmas menus.

It is not any different in Uganda. And for people who will not be cooking in their homes. We have looked out for the five top menus offers from hotels around Kampala that are juicy and enticing. These are:-

Around The World Lunch At Speke Resort

Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort will treat its esteemed customers to a themed ‘Around The World Christmas Lunch Buffet’ on Christmas Day, 25th December, 2018. The hotel has been treating its customers to this lunch buffet for the last two decades.

The hotel will start serving customers midday until late evening. The cost of the sumptuous lunch is Shs175, 000 for adults and Shs75, 000 for children below the age of fourteen. Accommodation rooms will also be available at $139 only.

La Cabana Christmas Fest

La Cabana Restaurant, Kampala’s premium and ritzy churrasco grill restaurant, has planned christmas fest on christmas day with a rich and expansive menu which every lover of fine food will find fascinating.

At the christmas fest, customers will be treated to a hot buffet of zanzibar fish curry, big in blanket, brussel sprouts, onion rice, potato wedges, gonja, sweet potato fries, assorted indian breads, matooke, gnut sauce, cranberry sauce and gravy.

The bread counter will have bread rolls and cheesy bread rolls while the carvery will have roast turkey, leg of lamb, beef sirlionsteak and bbq chicken drumsticks.

The dressings and dips will have garlic mayo, homemade barbeque, balsamic, olive oil and dijon mustard. The desserts have been well thought of and will have grilled pineaple, variety of pastries and cakes.

For the lovers of salads, the salad bar has been well stocked with grilled green beans, grilled carrots, grilled courgette, mixed vegetables, honey glazed onion, creamy broccoli, potato salad, tomato and pineapple salad, pasta salad, coleslow salad, roasted corn salad and red cabbage.

All these finese will come at an affordable cost of Shs125, 000 for adults whil kids will get a 50 percent discount. Also customers will get free access to the swimming pool.

Forest Cottages For BBQ Christmas 

Make this christmas a unique one by coming with your friends and family to Forest Cotagges in Bukoto to be part of an exquisite Christmas BBQ Lunch on 25th December – christmas day.

The christmas bbq lunch which will only cost Shs50, 000 for adults and Shs40, 000 for kids is part of the many festive offer the hotel is offering to its new and old customers. The lunch comes with a a complimentary glass of wine.

Customers will be treated to numerous discounts on accommodation, food and beverages. Dhaval Macchar, the General Manager of Forest Cottages, in an interview said customers will get a 15 % discount on accommodation. This offer comes with breakfast served in the morning until 15th January 2019.

Pizza Christmas At Speke Hotel

For the lovers of pizza, Speke Hotel, Plot 7-9, Nile Avenue, Kampala, is the place to on Christmas Day. It will be a nice experience for the not so fun of pizza people to have a change of their christmas day meal by trying out a pizza.

And on Christmas Day, revelers will have tomato mozzarella or fresh clear garden peas soup as a starter ahead of the heavy meal consisting of either grilled highland fillet mignon or skewed grilled chicken or christmas pizzeria pizza. You can wash down this saucy meal with something sweet, a banana fritter garnished with strawberry sauce or christmas roll topped with custard cream.

Indian Christmas Menu At Khyber Pass

Khyber Pass Restaurant at Speke Hotel, Plot 7-9 Nile Avenue, Kampala, in the heart of Uganda’s capital, has a specially made Indian menu made for their clients this Christmas season.

Khyber Pass Christmas Menu available on 24th to 25th December, 2018 consists of the fruit punch, which is designed to welcome you to the exotic restaurant. The meal menu has Kalami Kebab, Tawa Chicken, Pulao Rice, Butter Naan and Banana Toffee with choice of ice cream at only Shs35000.

UBTEB Boss Commends Ruparelia Group Education Services

The executive secretary Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board [UBTEB] Oyesigye Onesmus has commended the proprietors of Kampala Parents School and entire The Ruparelia Group for being at the front line of helping offer high quality education services to thousands of Ugandan children saying his ministry appreciates such efforts and urged the rest to emulate them.

‘’We envy the infrastructure of this great school because once a parent brings her kid here for education, no regrets because everything that is required to run a  first world school are located on this vast  compound’’ noted Oyesigye adding that parents should send their kids to such schools that have value for money.

Oyesigye made the remarks recently while presiding over the graduation ceremony were over 235 former p7 candidates of Kampala Parents School are set to join the Post primary education sector 2019.

The managing director of the Kampala Parents’ School Rajiv Ruparelia thanked parents community and all well-wishers for their continued  support and for placing  KPS as  their best school  saying they are doing all it takes to keep on improving the pupil learning environment for effective results.

Principal Daphine Kato noted that the school continues to grow in sums and lumps with pupil population shooting through 3,000 saying it is the efforts of the parents who send in kids and the teachers doing the knowledge dissemination job that has led to positive impact year in year out.

She challenged parents to ensure they engage their children I household chores during this long holiday season and also urging them  to avoid exposure to  Television sets as this may morally corrupt their minds.

Oyesigye used the occasion to say that ministry of education and sports take harsh action against proprietors of private  schools that do not meet the officially required standards by not  allowing them to open for the next academic calendar year 2019.

“We would like to stand here at KPS today to inform all proprietors of privately owned schools at all levels across the country that effective the next education calendar year of 2019, government shall not allow schools that do not have the requisite infrastructure to open because they are responsible for messing up the entire education system’’ fumed Oyesigye.

Torture, Longer Detention Of Suspects Top Human Rights Violation

By George Busiinge

Torture and detention of suspects for more than 48 hours remain the leading cases of human rights violations in Bunyoro region. Cases of torture and detention of suspects for more than 48 hours remain the leading cases of human rights violations reported in all the eight districts of Bunyoro and Kyankwazi.

This was revealed today afternoon at the commemoration of the World Human Rights Day, at Hoima Uganda Human Rights Commission’s regional office in Hoima municipality. However, Rebecca Tino, the regional Manager for Uganda Human Rights Commission noted that there is some light given the reduction in the number of cases registered in 2018 compared to 2017.

She says cases of people detained beyond 48 hours reduced from 59 to 32, torture reduced from 41 to 24. Rebecca noted that there remains a big work to raise community awareness on human rights observance and promotion.

Kato Joseph the Deputy Mid-ester Regional Police Commander said, as police leadershi,they are determined to cooperate with all stakeholders to ensure that human rights are upheld and promoted.

In a separate interview with Spice fm Simon Sam Oyuku, the In-charge of Legal and Human Rights Desk Albertine Regional Police said, he has been creating partnerships with all human rights stakeholders to ensure that every single case if reported and handled accordingly.

Cases related to right to property reported in 2018 were 13, while child maintenance cases stand at 4.


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