On Monday 1st August, the Ministry of Education and Sports issued an immediate ban on all performances and concerts that involve secular music and dancing as well as entertainment concerts that involve artistes in both private and government schools.  

The Ugandan government claims that pupils are being subjected to moral and cultural degradation in place of beneficial co-curricular activities, which is totally unacceptable.   

All types of concerts that feature secular music and dance, as well as those that are for entertainment and feature performers, have been banned by the government through the Ministry of Education.  

“Extracurricular activities in school normally mean sports and games, debate clubs, etc. If schools need to entertain themselves, then they can engage in acting plays or arrange concerts. However, inviting singers who dance erotic dances, naked in the schools in the guise of extracurricular activities must be forbidden henceforth.”  

The circular that was sent out to all schools and stakeholders also adds that a senior management meeting was held and a decision was reached to issue guidelines on the nature of co-curricular activities for both private and government schools.  

“In the meantime, therefore, head teachers and principals of both primary and secondary schools are cautioned not to hire or allow any of these artists to perform in schools. Failure to comply will lead to school managers being personally held responsible and disciplinary measures charged against them,” the statement continues.  

In the same circular, Dr. Okou also warned that failure to comply with the directives will lead to school managers being personally held responsible and disciplinary measures charged against them.  

  

 

 

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