KAMPALA: To relieve parents of panic and pressure, The Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) is to take over pupils of GEMS Cambridge International School, Kampala (CIK). CIK in late August announced it would close business in Uganda in December over the Coronavirus pandemic, sending panic among parents and pupils who were studying there.
The Chief Executive Officer explained then that the resulting uncertainties of the pandemic have been “exceptionally” testing made it difficult for the school to enroll new learners and consequently affected their operations. The statement however noted that the school would retain students through term one.
On the other hand, KISU is an international school in Kampala, located in the neighborhood of Bukoto. It was formerly named Kabira International School of Uganda and has been offering quality education to learners.
When contacted, the MD Kampala international school Uganda (KISU), Mr Rajiv Ruparelia confirmed the ongoing enrollment of students not only from GEMs but from the entire public. “With our spacious environment, many parents in Uganda are sending their children to KISU whose education is based on international curricula. Kisu offers , the British curriculum IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), GCE (General Certificate of Education) as well” said Rajiv.
KISU has a primary section for students aged two to approximately 10/11 years of age. The school broadly follows the National Curriculum for England, modified to take into account the school’s location and international student body.
The Secondary is from years 7–13.
Key Stage three incorporates years 7-9 (approx 11-14 years of age) and these students continue to study the National Curriculum for England, modified to reflect the nature of the school.
In years 10 and 11 (15 to 16 years of age) students study an IGCSE programme (similar to UK IGCSEs but more international in nature). These examinations are undertaken through the Cambridge University and assessed by external examinations at the end of Year 11.
In years 12 and 13 (17 and 18 years of age) students study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a two-year course undertaken through the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
KISU is owned by city property magnet Sudhir Ruparelia who also owns Kampala Parents School and Victoria University, among other institutions and companies.
Some parents of CIK have already transferred their children to KISU. Others are encouraged to shift their children to KISU.
Government in March ordered for the closure of all educational institutions in the country to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. The schools are expected to reopen for candidate classes come October 15, 2020.