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- ItemDepictions of Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Contemporary Africa Using Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo’s Trafficked and Apio Eunice Otuku’s Zura Maids(East African Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 2022) Johnson, Ocan; Denis, Sekiwu; Charles Nelson, OkumuIn 2020, the government of Uganda reported investigating 214 incidents of human trafficking involving 154 suspects; of these incidents, 118 were internal, 93 transnationals, and three unknowns. This was a decrease compared with investigating 252 incidents (19 internal and 222 transnational) in 2019. This article examines how human trafficking and exploitation impacts on young girls from developing countries using Akachi Dimora Ezeig’s novel; ‘Trafficked’ and Apio Eunice Otuku’s ‘Zura Maids’. Using content analysis, the study engages critical discourse of postcolonial tenets understand the creation of inferiority complex, identity crisis, and cultural erosion among the colonized. As a result of social justice principle of “otherness”, which is a binary opposition between “I/We” and “Them”, the study packages the problem neatly, but offers few solutions for Africa, whilst condemning human trafficking and exploitation as a heinous act on humanity.
- ItemDocumenting Student Representation of Indigenous HIV/AIDS Information and Integration Into the School Curriculum(International Journal of Curriculum Development and Learning Measurement, 2021) Denis, Sekiwu; Olivia Nina, RugambwaOften times, contemporary health and epidemiological practices ignore indigenous information on HIV prevention. Colonial hegemony tends to replicate indigenous knowledge bases as primordial, superstitious, and lacking vivid scientific explanation to qualify the test for medical diagnostic study. Using an information science viewpoint and an anti-colonial discursive theory, this paper challenges the skewed discernment that it is only Western knowledge production that is considered legitimate knowledge. The authors argue that indigenous HIV/AIDS information exists and can be integrated into the curriculum to complement Western knowledge paradigms on adolescent HIV prevention.
- ItemEcology of schooling: Enabling school environment for student engagement in Uganda’s Universal Secondary Education(International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review, 2020-03) Sylivia, Awori; Denis, Sekiwu; Frederick, Ssempala; Frances, NaluwembaUsing the Mixed method, we examine the relationship between the school environment and student engagement in USE schools in Uganda. Most study participants agree that the environment in USE schools is generally conducive. There isa positive relationship between the school environment and student engagement although this relationship is still low. This means that student engagement in school activities cannot depend on only the school environment. There are a host of other factors that influence student engagement which the school authority needs to know and utilize in order to improve student engagement. Management of USE schools should provide for counseling and guidance services as well as supporting the integration of values in schools. The Government should construct good libraries and provideup-to-date learning materials like textbooks plus any other reading materials. Government shouldalsorecruit experienced and quality teachers into the USE schools, as well as constructing modern science laboratories to support the teaching of science disciplines.
- ItemFacilities management and quality of teaching and learning at a multi- campus public university in Uganda(International Journal of Educational Policy Research and Review, 2020) Eden, Akategeka; Denis, Sekiwu; Frederick, SsempalaThis is an account of a cross-sectional survey of how facilities management relates to the quality of teaching and learning in Busitema University, a multi campus model public University in Uganda. The study employed a mixed methods approach involving semi-structured questionnaires and interviews with a population of 506 and a sample of 223 participants in the categories of University top managers, deans of faculties, heads of department, academic, administrative, support staff and students’ leaders. The findings are that the quality of teaching and learning was good (M = 47.5 and SD = 7.45). Second, facilities management in the University was also good (M = 40.3 and SD = 6.72). Third, a significant relationship existed between facilities management and the quality of teaching and learning (r = .577, p<0.05) with (R2 =0.333). Fourth, several challenges affected facilities management and these included limited funding, incompetent staff, unaffordable maintenance costs, delayed response to facilities management among other challenges. The argument that facilities management has a significant relationship with the quality of teaching and learning is in consonance with the stage theory of Higher Education development that argues that with massification in higher education, there is stress on facilities hence, affecting the quality of teaching and learning. Recommendations advanced were that Managers of Busitema University should make effort to promote the quality of teaching and learning, improve facilities management and work to solve challenges of facilities management.
- ItemFinancial Inclusion and Access to Higher Education An Empirical Study of Selected Districts in Eastern Uganda(European Journal of Business and Management, 2020) Eton, Marus; Sammy, Godfrey Poro; Denis, Sekiwu; Fabian, Mwosi; Francis Akena, AdyangaAccess to higher education has continuously been a challenge in Uganda. The research brought out the relationship between financial inclusion and access to higher education. Descriptive survey research design was adopted and the findings established that digital financing eases making deposits in banks, transacting via mobile money and switching from one bank to the other. Students find it easy to deposit tuition in the bank just as they find it easy to access money via mobile money. While financial inclusion makes financial services available in the economy, students, especially those from low-income families find difficulty accessing a wider range of these products, which hinders their access to higher education. The study also establishes that a good number of students fail to meet admission requirements. Since students from low-income families attend high schools of low quality, they have insufficient understanding of some subjects, and thus unable to join higher education. Online registration and payment, students’ decision not to join, peer influence, and rigidity of university programs; are deeply flawed to limit accessing higher education. However, financial services remain accessible to rich individuals who demonstrate ability to pay. The study recommends that the government of Uganda through the concerned ministry should review the implementation of their policies on Students loan scheme and district quota systems. The government should always publish the lists of students admitted to higher education institutions in popular media and newspapers to create awareness to those being admitted to particular institutions.
- ItemGender and performance disparity in mathematics: A study of South Western Uganda(African Educational Research Journal, 2020) Amos, Musimenta; Francis Akena, Adyanga; Denis, SekiwuGender has long been considered a factor contributing to differences in performance for male and female students in diverse educational disciplines and levels. Although male and female students are taught in the same classrooms in most Ugandan schools, there have been noticeable differences in Mathematics performance in national examinations across the country. Thus, the aim of this study was to compare male and female students’ performance in Mathematics and to establish factors accounting for the differences. Using the Mixed method design, a sample size of 222 participants was recruited. The major findings revealed that variation in Mathematics performance cannot be attributable to gender. The study deconstructs the common gender-biased assumption that girls are naturally a ‘weaker sex’ and hence likely to embrace subjects that are considered ‘soft’ such as language, literacy, communication skills, social sciences among others. Such assumptions commonly fronted inadvertently without considering possible negative consequences, are based on societal construction of social differences with no substantive evidence as demonstrated in this study.
- ItemInvestigating the relationship between school attendance and academic performance in universal primary education.(African Educational Research Journal, 2020) Denis, Sekiwu; Frederick, Ssempala; Frances, NaluwembaThis study investigated the relationship between school attendance and academic performance in UPE schools in Rubanda district of Uganda. Using data from a sample of 104 participants, the researchers established that UPE schools perform poorer in internal examinations but better in national examinations. The regular school attendees perform differently from the chronic absentees. There is also a positive relationship between school attendance and academic performance (R = 0.365), although school attendance explains only 11.8% variations in academic performance while 88.2% is explained by other factors affecting academic performance. School administrators should identify other factors that are likely to influence pupils' academic performance apart from attendance, as well as strengthening community school interaction programmes to help improve attendance in UPE schools.
- ItemParent Involvement in Child Education as a Correlate of Academic Performance: Analyzing Denominational Secondary Schools in Uganda(Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 2019-06-25) Denis, Sekiwu; Victoria, Tamale KaggwaThe study examined how parent involvement in child education influences students’ academic performance in secondary schools in Tororo district, Uganda, with parents’ socio-economic status as the control variable. The comparative research design was employed with a sample of 360 students from eight denominational schools. The Parent Involvement Guide (PIG) was used to collect data and quantitative data analysis indicated that parent involvement in child education positively influences students’ academic performance. There are differences in students’ academic performance among different denominational schools with Moslem schools performing least with low parent involvement in child education, and Catholic schools performing highest with high parent involvement in child education. Parent involvement in child education is higher at home than in the school. Thus, parents are encouraged to get involved in child education and there is need to encourage schools to focus their values-orientations on increasing students’ academic performance.
- ItemPhilosophical Identities in Market for University Education(Makerere Journal of higher education, 2020) Denis, Sekiwu; Nicholas, Itaaga; Anthony Mugagga, MuwaggaThe study examines the metaphysics and political philosophy behind market competition for Uganda's University Education. using grounded theory to filter the voices of 12 participants, the first phase of study, which was qualitative, revealed that a rival (contestable) market of University education in Uganda.
- ItemSociology of the COVID-19 Lockdown: Critical Analysis of Its Effects on Private School Teacher Wellbeing(IGI Global, 2022) Denis, Sekiwu; Johnson, OcanMuch of the research on COVID-19 is gleaned on epidemiological, virological, and medical outcomes of the global pandemic. In education, research focus is skewed towards how school closure affected the psychological disposition of learners, ignoring debate on COVID-19 effects on teachers’ social and economic wellbeing. Mandatory school closure influenced private school owners to halt teachers’ payment on the pretext that schools had no revenue. In sociological and motivational theory, such a lag in earning is certainly linked to potential decline in the teacher’s social and economic wellbeing and henceforth a huge demotivator for this group. Critical analysis of private school teachers’ social and economic wellbeing during COVID-19 and the coping mechanisms are, therefore, the subject of this chapter.