Over one million pupils and students have been registered by the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), with 13, 479 schools receiving registration forms.
The exercise which targets over 10 million pupils and students in government and private schools kicked off on May 29, and all school going children above the age of five are to be availed with National Identity Cards upon the conclusion of registration process.
‘’In the regions where we started first, registration is almost done so we will get all manpower to regions that are yet to start’’ the State Minister for primary Education Rosemary Seninde said in a media briefing at Uganda media Centre.
She said that NIRA teams will combine all schools including those in hard to reach places through outreaches, and emphasized that ‘the registration is free of charge’.
“It’s sufficient for the registration process if only one parent has provided a copy of his or her national ID,” Minister Seninde said, adding that the exercise will also help eradicate ghost learners in schools and ensure effective implementation of government projects.
The Minister also advised all parents to go for registration so as to ease the registration exercise of their children.