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Janet Museveni's degree questioned

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    Professor refused to teach her at State HouseMakerere University waved all admission requirements for the Bachelor of Education (BED) to allow the Minister of State for Karamoja, Janet Museveni, enroll for the course in 1994, The Observer has been told.
    There are three categories of people who can be admitted for the four-year course. These are; direct entrants (straight from A-level with the required points), mature age entrants, and diploma holders.

    The MP for Ruhama, who is also wife to President Museveni, was admitted as a diploma holder whose requirements include a diploma in education with credits in teaching subjects such as English, Mathematics, History, Geography, etc., plus teaching experience of at least three years. But Janet Museveni had neither taught for three years nor did she have the required diploma.

    According to her own 2006 campaign manifesto, Janet says that she has a diploma in Early Childhood Education that she studied between 1991 and 1993. She also spoke of a “Bachelor of Arts in Education” degree of Makerere University obtained in 1997.
    Prof. J.C. Ssekamwa, Dean of the School of Education at the time Janet Museveni enrolled, said BED was designed primarily for teachers already in service. That is why they were not required to go for teaching practice.

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    Highly placed sources at the university have told The Observer that Janet was never handled by the Admissions Board like other diploma holders admitted for the course.
    The board comprises of deans and directors of schools and faculties, and is chaired by the deputy vice chancellor (academics) with the academic registrar as secretary.

    Janet’s admission, according to our sources, was handled by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Justine Epelu Opio, who was then chairman of the Admissions Board together with some members of the board. They included the Academic Registrar, Dr. Hyuha Mukwanason, Dean School of Education, Prof. J.C. Ssekamwa, and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Ssebuwufu. It is this committee that waived admission requirements to enable the First Lady get admitted.
    Epelu Opio declined to speak about the matter when contacted. “Speak to the academic registrar, they have those records,” he said.

    Ssekamwa, who is now Dean School of Education, Humanities and Sciences at Nkumba University, told The Observer that two procedures were usually followed to admit students.
    He said that while the board would handle the larger group, the academic registrar would sometimes consider “one or a few applicants” on his own.
    Ssekamwa said he saw this being done for the 12 years he was dean. Some sources, however, said the board handled and still handles all admissions.

    According to Ssekamwa, Janet was admitted because she had a diploma and had taught while in Sweden (1983-86) as her husband fought the government in Luwero.
    However, even by her own manifesto, Janet didn’t have that qualification at that time because she says she got her first qualification, the diploma in Early Childhood Education, in 1993—long after her return from Sweden, with her husband already serving as President of Uganda.
     
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