Students starting grade 1 will no longer be required to take an entry exam in all public and private schools, announced the ministry of education. The directive ensued from a review meeting in Kampala, and it is an attempt to do away with a culture of excessive tests and examinations in lower grades in favor of one that favors building competencies in learning.
The Global Partnership for Education welcomes the recently released Taormina Progress Report: Investing in Education for Mutual Prosperity, Peace and Development. The report calls on the G7 members to give greater support to GPE, which it notes has “grown to become the world’s largest multi-stakeholder partnership dedicated to helping all children access quality basic education in the world’s poorest countries.”
Minister of education Janet Museveni officiated the launch of new constructions for 84 school sites nationwide in Wakiso, Uganda, with funding by the Global Partnership for Education under the Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP).
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Ranking Member on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, held an event on Capitol Hill to celebrate the recent enactment of the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act. It is a bipartisan legislation introduced to expand access to education for the world's most vulnerable children. In her remarks, she praised many organizations, including the Global Partnership for Education, for their work to increase access to education.
Fresh off her meeting with the Nordic Council in Helsinki, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide reiterated Norway's commitment to supporting quality education for all children at a presentation of the World Bank's 2018 World Development Report on education.