The project to register all school going children aged five to sixteen years in both government and private founded schools that commenced on 29th May has entered gained momentum. The exercise is being conducted at all (primary, post primary, secondary and tertiary) schools across the country; whether or not registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports.
As planned the project rolled out starting with the farthest (regions) parts of the country including, Karamoja, Mbarara, Jinja, Soroti, Arua, Gulu and Kampala. The delivery of kits and related materials that is used during the registration exercise continues in the rest of the regions. In some regions the one month targets have already been achieved.
To enable proper and efficient capturing of biodata, parents and guardians are encouraged to help their children fill the forms and attach photocopies of parents’ National IDs in the case of Ugandan nationals, while foreigners will attach copies of their passports and refugee cards for refugees.
The exercise is being implemented in collaboration with the ministry of Education & Sports among other Government agencies. As was the case during Mass enrollment in 2014, the Multi Sectorial approach is being used to implement the project. By using this approach, government is able to share infrastructure and resources which facilitates a shorter period of registration. It also reduces the overall cost of registration by 13 billion. Among other benefits, on completion of the project it will improve service delivery through development of e-Government services; and also provision of ready identification data will support effective planning for government services.
The exercise is being implemented throughout the course of term two and will end on 30th August 2017.