By Hussein Kiganda The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development has announced that only children will be allowed to entertain their fellow children in schools. According to Peace Mutuuzo, the gender state minister, child artistes like Fresh Kid and Felista Di Superstar can for now perform in schools as the ministry devises appropriate ways to solve the issue. “Child singers like Fresh Kid can keep on entertaining fellow children because they think in the same way,” she said. Mutuuzo said the older artistes typically sing secular music and could spoil the children. She guided that those that will be writing songs and scripts for child singers and entertainers should always mind the message in the songs and how it could affect children. Mutuuzo said the ministry could consider training teachers on how to spot talented children, groom them and develop their talents. “We shall sit and devise plans on how to give more guidance on how these singers could be handled. Guidelines could be instituted on artistes’ performing in schools, but this is still in the pipeline,” she said. On August 1, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Sports temporarily banned live music concerts in schools. In a circular addressed to both public and private schools, Jane Egau Okuo, the acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, released a circular in which he stopped school administrators from hiring artistes to perform in schools. “Everyone must always remember that the Ministry of Education is the custodian of the values and behaviour of the children while at school, whether these schools are government or private… schools are cautioned not to hire or allow any of these artistes to perform in schools,” part of the circular read.