The Ministry of Education and Sports has for the third time extended the deadline for the registration of learners on the government’s Education Management Information system (ÉMIS) by December 9 and warned that schools which fail to comply face disciplinary action.
In the latest circular issued on November 3, 2022, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ms Kerry Lamaro, said the registration of learners has now been extended to December 9, 2022.
However, she said schools that fail to comply will have their registration licences revoked while government schools will have their capitation grants suspended.
“Despite the extension of this deadline, it has come to my attention that many Education Institutions are yet to upload their learners’ data in the portal. This is negating the Ministry’s efforts to ensure that all learners are registered,” Ms Lamaro said in the circular.
“ I send out a final call to all Education Institutions that are yet to comply to urgently capture and upload al learners’ data on the EMIS portal by December 9 failure to comply with the deadline will attract punitive measures,” she added.
She however reiterated that all information relating to the learners and their respective parents and guardians uploaded will be kept confidential in line with the existing data privacy and protection Act, 2019.
This is the third time the Ministry of education is extending the registration of learners since the exercise kicked off in June.
The data that is slated to be collected by schools is supposed to serve as the baseline information for learner verification and issuance of NINs by Nira).
In addition, Ms Lamaro also said that under the New Lower Secondary Curriculum, Secondary School Headteachers will use unique National Identification Numbers to transmit learner’s school-based assessment scores to Uganda National
In her communication, Ms Lamaro said that all those experiencing challenges in data capture and upload to contact their support team at EMIS.
In June, the Ministry of Education and Sports announced compulsory countrywide registration of all Senior One and Two learners in both public and private schools for National Identification Numbers (NINS).
Dr Denis K Mugimba, the spokesperson of Ministry of Education, said the registration by the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) is expected to enable continuous follow up and progress assessment of each learner through the education levels under the new O-Level curriculum roll- out plan.