This Act was repealed on 2008-08-29 by Education (Pre-Primary, Primary and Post-Primary) Act, 2008.
- Commenced on 17 July 1970
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
- [Repealed by Education (Pre-Primary, Primary and Post-Primary) Act, 2008 (Act 13 of 2008) on 29 August 2008]
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—(a)“functions” includes powers and duties;(b)“grants” includes annual recurrent grants of money from the Government;(c)“headmaster” includes a headmistress, principal or head teacher of a school;(d)“inspector of schools” means a person appointed as an inspector of schools under section 2 and includes the chief education officer and the chief inspector of schools;(e)“Minister” means the Minister to whom functions under this Act are assigned;(f)“private school” means any school which is not maintained out of public funds or does not receive an annual recurrent grant from the Government;(g)“public school” means a school maintained by the Government, a district administration or an urban authority out of public funds;(h)“public service” has the same meaning as in the Constitution;(i)“pupil” means a person receiving instruction in any subject at a school and enrolled as a pupil on the register maintained in that school;(j)“register” means the register of teachers established by section 11;(k)“school” means an institution in which not less than ten pupils receive regular instruction or an institution which provides instruction by correspondence, but does not include—(i)any institution in which persons meet solely for the purpose of receiving religious instruction;(ii)any institution for the purpose of giving adult education; or(iii)any institution in which persons meet solely for the purpose of receiving instruction in any subject or subjects which the Minister has declared by statutory order to be outside the scope of this Act;(l)“school owner” means owner and manager, as one and the same person, of a private school;(m)“teacher” means a person who regularly instructs persons in a school other than a person who gives only religious instruction.
Control and management of schools
2. Appointment of chief education officer, chief inspector of schools, education officers and inspectors of schools
3. Powers of an inspector of schools
4. District education committeeEvery education committee appointed under section 22 of the Local Governments Act shall be responsible for the administration of all the educational services transferred to a district administration or urban authority under any law for the time being in force.
5. Area education committee
6. Establishment of advisory committees or councils
7. Education development plan
8. Board of governors
9. Default by board of governors
Registration and licensing of teachers
10. Persons who may teachNo person shall teach in any public or private school of any description unless he or she is registered as a teacher or licensed to teach under this Act.
11. Register of teachers
12. Persons entitled to register
13. Refusal to register a person as a teacher
14. Removal of a teacher’s name from the register
15. Restoration of a teacher’s name to the register
16. Issue of statement of eligibility
17. Refusal to renew a licence
18. Roll of licensed teachers
19. Cancellation of licence
20. Restoration of licence
21. Notice of cancellation to be served on the teacher, etc.
22. Offences respecting teaching after cancellation of registration or licenceAny person who—(a)continues to teach in a public or private school after he or she has been notified of the cancellation of his or her registration or licence to teach;(b)permits any person to teach or continues to employ any teacher in his or her school after he or she has been notified of the cancellation of the registration or licence to teach;(c)contravenes in any way the conditions of his or her registration or licence to teach;(d)knowingly employs any person as a teacher in contravention of any provision of this Act,commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.
Special provisions relating to private schools
23. Requirements for establishing a private school
24. Permission to operate a new schoolPermission to operate a new school shall be given, in the first instance, in the form of a licence to operate a provisionally classified school for one school year.
25. Classification of schools
26. Registration of private schoolsIf, after one school year, the chief education officer is satisfied—
27. Register of private schoolsThe chief education officer shall maintain a register of private schools classified by him or her pursuant to section 25 in which he or she shall enter the particulars of every private school classified by him or her.
28. Cancellation of registration
29. Change of ownership of school
30. Extensions to existing schoolsIf the chief education officer is satisfied that any proposed extension to an existing registered school cannot properly be administered as part of the existing registered school, he or she may require the school owner to apply for the classification of the proposed extension as a new school.
31. AppealsEvery school owner who is aggrieved by a decision of the chief education officer—
32. Offences relating to private schoolsAny person who—
33. Reopening of school closed by chief education officer
34. Appointment of statutory manager
35. Reopening of school closed by owner
36. Management of private schools
37. Notice of unsatisfactory management of school to be served on school owner
38. Delegation of functions
39. Establishment and appointment of appeals tribunal
40. Procedure of appeals tribunal
42. Hearing of appeals
43. RegulationsThe Minister may, by statutory instrument, make regulations for all or any of the following matters—
44. Service of documentsWhere, in this Act, it is required that any notice or document should be served on any person, the service may be effected by serving the notice or document on the person to be served or by posting it to him or her by prepaid registered post at his or her usual or last known address.
History of this document
29 August 2008
31 December 2000 this version
17 July 1970