By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda has announced a massive nationwide registration exercise of all learners prior to the next general election which will be held in 2026.
The registration exercise is to be conducted by the Ministry of Education and Sports together with the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) starting July 1st, 2022.
The Ministry of Education and Sports has since issued a letter to all Headteachers for Government and Private Secondary Schools notifying the m about the exercise.
The letter from the Ministry, written by Ketty Lamaro, the Permanent Secretary, reads in part thus; “The Ministry of Education and Sports, in conjunction with NIRA, is planning to conduct a countrywide registration of all learners in schools. The registration will ensure that the learners get National Identification Numbers in order to create unique identification, enable continuous follow and progress assessment of each learner through the education levels….”
“The exercise will begin on 1st July 2022 with registration of all Senior One (S1) and Senior Two (S2) learners in all Government and Private Secondary Schools. The target is to cover all local governments and register all S1 and S2 learners in approximately 5550 secondary schools by December, 2022,” the letter continues, adding;
“By this letter, you are requested to avail lists of names of all your learners in S1 and S2 classes of 2022 to the Ministry of Education and Sports by 20th June, 2022, for effective planning….”
It should however be noted that this is not the first time the government is undertaking to register all learners.
The same exercise was rolled out by government in 2017 in a bid to enable students acquire national IDs ahead of the 2020 general election although many of those who registered never got their IDs.