Wednesday, April 17, 2013

TBAs continue to kill mothers

BY PAUL ARUHO SHEEMA: When Mercy Nuwagaba decided to seek the services of a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) little did she know that it would be the same time she would meet her death. A mother of two had conceived a pregnancy she never wanted at that time. She thought Manjeri Byesizibwa, 72, a reknown TBA in Buringo Masheruka sub county in Sheema district would terminate her pregnancy. Nuwagaba was wrong. She went through the whole brutal procedure but did not live long to take care of the two children she had already. At the hands of Ms Byesizibwa, she bled heavily and was rushed to Kigarama health center IV, where she died a few hours after her admission. Ms Byesizibwa known by locals in the village as a nurse she holds a certificate of attendance as a Traditional Birth Attendant and has been helping mothers to deliver for many years. Byesizibwa said that she has been doing this for years she does not remember, but in 1998, she was trained as a TBA. Although she is aware of that services of TBAs were abolished by the ministry of health, she has continued to make deliveries. “Women always come to me when in labour and I cannot leave them in pain. Some tell me that they don’t want to go to health facilities because when they fear to be operated on,” Manjeri who is now detained at Kabwohe after the death of Nuwagaba said. She confesses that she has been doing her job well until this incident on 7 April of Nuwagaba. She said that for every mother who come to her, she charges shs20,000. She also confessed to the police that she has been aiding girls and women to abort who come telling her that they fear to go to health facilities but sad “it is unfortunate that Nuwagaba died.” The Sheema district police commander, Ezekiel Emitu said that Ms Byesizibwa was going beyond what TBAs do. He said that investigations indicate that she has been carrying out abortions which are illegal in Uganda. “Residents call her a nurse for the work she has been doing. Her case is serious because we got shocked when we found a grave yard in her banana plantation where she says she has been burying the fetuses. She would just dig a few feet deep and bury,” Emitu said. Emitu refused to indulge in more details as he said that in Ms Bwesizibwa’s case, there are many local leaders involved and was not at liberty to reveal. When I visited Ms Byesizibwe’s home, there was a lot to wonder about. She has all it takes like a health facility. There was a labor ward with a delivery bed, an admission ward and a bathroom. There was a pit, which police suspect that there could be bodies of adults as police stopped opening it up as they didn’t have the gadgets. In her house, there are two patients who need her care. Her husband, Seezi Byesizibwa and a daughter only identified as Mauda are bedridden. Mauda has been in this condition for 30 years. Her step son, Hebert Matsiko 40, who stays in the same compound, said that he knew her step mother as a TBA but was not aware that she carries out abortions. He said that he has five children and his wife has never gone to hospital to deliver but instead enjoyed the services of her mother-in-law. “I got to know about this when I saw police coming to arrest her. I have known her as a traditional birth attendant and she is the one who helped my wife to deliver our five children,” Matsiko said. He said that as a step mother, he didn’t bother knowing her business saying that there was a time when he saw a sickly looking young girl in her house but when he tried to inquire, she was bitter with him. Matsiko said that since then, he has always kept a distance from what she is doing. Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organisation (UNHCO) has been running a Maternity health project in Sheema district. The Programs officer Mr Moses Kirigwajjo said that they had reported about the activities of Ms Byesizibwa but district leaders had not taken action. He said that this should be used as a yard stick to enforce the law of stopping on TBAs. “We have on several occasions reported the activities of Ms Byesizibwa to the district leaders but they have been reluctant to act. We had also agreed with them to meet all TBAs in the district, as she is not alone, but the meeting had not taken place and this incidence (of Byesizibwa) happens,” Kirigwajjo said. The Executive Director for UNHCO Ms Robinah Kaitirimba said that the mortality rate is going high in the country. She however said that such deaths are not recorded because women die in secret and no body bothers. She said that government should do research and find out why women have continued to go for TBAs when health facilities are in every sub county. “There is need to give much attention to the training of health workers. We have talked to women and they say TBAs are skilled and don’t abuse them. The death of a mother is costly and we must end this,” Ms Kaitiritimba said. She said that senstisation of women should be given a priority; to make them know that there are better services in our health centers and that TBAs are dangerous to their health. She said that TBAs should be put on a village health team such that the identify women who are pregnant and refer them to a health facility. Shunning contraceptives The Bushenyi district Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) in-charge Stephen Karamuzi said people have continued to shun contraceptives making them to conceive unwanted pregnancies. Karamuzi said even young people must be educated on the use of contraceptives in order to avoid such deaths. “An abortion is as a result of a pregnancy you never wanted. Contraceptive uptake is very low and people have continued to get unwanted pregnancies. We must make information on contraceptives accessible to even young people such that they make informed choices,” Karamuzi said. He also said that lack of support from men has also resulted into these crude methods of abortion. He said start to blame their wives when the get unplanned pregnancy which force them to abort. The Sheema district health Inspector Mr Francis Mugume said TBAs have gone beyond their scope of operation. He said that they were not meant to aid women to abort which has claimed a number of lives. He said that it was disturbing to find Ms Byesizibwa inducing abortion. He said that police is involved because is a person dies, police has to come in. End item

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Our Children, our future

Today, 6 April I appeared in a morning talk show on one of the radio stations in western Uganda. We were four panelists and a moderator talking about ‘Bringing up children’. All of us agreed that parents have continued to have a big challenge in bringing up children due to the current life styles and trends. We explored the need to earn in order to contribute to the economics of the family, where by both parents have to work. This situation has continued to keep parents away from home, making children more vulnerable to any unexplained situation. Parents have continued to leave their young children at the hands of house maids whose character is questionable. In Uganda, we don’t have companies that can train house maids such that one hires them. We instead bring these young girls from our villages, who are either school drop outs or orphans whose upbringing is also wanting. These are the type of house helps we bring in out homes to look after our children. There is an old saying that ‘it takes a whole village to bring up a child.’ But this used to happen long time ago when capitalism had not invaded our communities. These days, no one will seem to care about your child. Each family looks after itself and God is the one who is for us all. For us when we were growing up in 1980’s we respected our neighbor more than our own parents at home. It would be a serious crime for a neighbor to find you in wrong. We would make sure that we behave ourselves on the way to school because we knew someone was watching us. But to day things have completely changed. You meet a child on the way who hardly greets you and when you try to ask a few questions, you will be lucky if this child does not abuse you. In the past, everyone worked towards the wellbeing of every person in the community. These days we are seeing selfishness and the ‘I am not my brother’s keeper’ situation. I don’t know whether this trend can be reversed. There is another issue of boarding schools especially the private ones. I have one several occasions, on my visits to primary schools, seen children of 3 years boarding. This is a serious mistake parents we are doing. According to the chairman of Uganda National Examination Board and a consultant in education, Mr. Fagil Mandy, it is dangerous to take a primary level pupil to a boarding school. He says that this is the time a child needs the guidance of parents and to create a strong relationship with them. He asked parents to at least take make their children board when they join secondary school. In this, we have left our children at the hands of teachers who hardly have enough time for all the children in their care. Religious studies have for many years instilled discipline and respect in our children. While in school, there was compulsory prayers every morning. This could help us love our religious and God at it. Today, teachers no longer have these programs in our schools. They are interested in good grades, which the government puts them on pressure to, forgetting that this child needs morals. The government (leadership) has also not done enough in helping parents to bring up their children. They are more interested in telling our children about their rights for getting that these rights go with responsibilities. There is not effort in their budget to program for the young who takes the highest percentage in the country. Lastly, bringing up children should be a collective responsibility. Parents, teachers, the community and government should come up to disciplined and respectful children for these children are our future. As I said, “it takes a whole village to bring up a child”. I wish everyone good parenting.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Time for Ugandan young people

I will use one slogan of a political organization no that I belong there, but because it is a bit relevant to what I am going to talk about. But basically it says, there nothing as important as an idea that whose time has come.

A few weeks ago, when president Museveni was addressing parliament, a number of his ministers were completely in slumber. The press was marred with pictures of these ministers and the world was able to see the nature of people that represent us in parliament.

This is not something that should be taken lightly. The majority of the people the cameras brought we those who have out lived their time in parliament and need a checking. There is need to have a vibrant parliament that should deliberate people’s concerns for the development of our country.

This can be done if young people come up to actively participate in politics. Everyone should get worried because the nation is getting a vacuum in the leadership circles. The old have adamantly refused to leave power and the youth are also reluctantly failing to unseat these outdated leaders. This vacuum will one day or the other affect those who still have more years to live.

There is a gap being created between the young and old generations. Our leaders are aging off without having replacements. Due to high rates of unemployment, whoever tries to come up, (youth aspirants) they are compromised in the sense that they are given some little money to step down.

There is need for a fresh breath on the political scene other than having the same dancers on the stage. There are regions who are sending young, educated representatives who are capable of articulating clearly issues in the house. But there those who do not care about and instead send people who doze off during the parliamentary sittings and ‘wake up to vote’ as one politician put it.

This is a trend that needs to be worked upon and it can only be dealt with when the youth actively gets involved in politics. There a lot to be done, if there is patriotism in this country, our leaders should make politics attractable to the youth such that they can get involved. Otherwise a great number of our leaders will get haunted even in their graves for mistakes they made by not allowing the young get involved in the running of our nation.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

When teachers 'roast' journalists

Paul Aruho

Their faces could easily be read they were ready for us. They wanted to know why journalist do the things they do- are they from mars?

It was a challenging experience when I met student teachers of at Bushenyi primary teachers’ college in Bushenyi district early this week. They had called me to discuss for them how journalists go about their work, the role and challenges journalists face and the possible opportunities if one joins the profession.

I did some preparations to make sure that I am not caught off guard by these informed people. I called my colleague Chris Ahimbisibwe and we went together. On our way, they called to find out whether were coming.

We found they had already assembled and was welcomed by Sister Sophie Kentwiga, the head of language studies at the college. I immediately went on stage and took the students through the journalistic work, with Ahimbisibwe filling the ‘potholes’ in my address. The students were attentive and did not have a rough time at this level. After our talk, there come the time of questions.

“I want to know what drives you as you do your work. Your nature of work seems risky. What mechanism do you use to defend yourself? Do you have guns?” one student asked.

It was very surprising to see that the public think that journalists carry guns. To them our work is very daring which requires protection like carrying a gun. They think we carry arms to fight back whenever we are attacked.

It reminded me of what Daily Monitor’s Emmanuel Gyezaho wrote recently that “Service to country is the one that drives us.”

We told them that we are simple people, law abiding citizens who do our work with extra care.

“Sometimes we fall into trouble like any other person who deals with human beings,” Ahimbisibwe told them, “but we always get out and carry on our duties.”

The students disagreed with us when we told them that we are agents of behavior change. For them they think that teachers are the ones that change behavior and the media has always let them down in this struggle.

“It is amazing that you have continued to awashing us with pornographic materials, then you come here and say you are agents of behavior change. By the way, are there journalists who believe in God?” one Esther asked.

You can now imagine how these people think about us. They think we are spoilt ‘boys’ who do not have a sense of God in our lives. It was very hard to explain to these teachers that some of us are believers who submit to the will of God. They think we do our work as if we don’t live on this planet called earth.

“Do you really take time to read through the papers you write? Those ashaming pictures which you publish to be seen by young and innocent children. You are solely responsible for the degenerating morals in our society,” a charged Esther said.

We were dumb folded. We did not have answers for Esther on our finger tips but at least I was representing a newspaper (Daily Monitor) that does not publish pornographic material and that is what I told them.

The students wanted us to go on. They were disappointed when Sister Kentwiga announced that we had to end such that other college programs could continue. They still had very many questions for us and we promised them that we shall come back when called.

That is how the two behavior change agents in our society (teachers and journalists) spent a day together.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Byaruhanga's future hopes were shattered in a second


On 3rd August 2007 Yusuf Byaruhanga 20, woke up like any other young student to face the usual challenges in his life. As his daily routine, Byaruhanga ran to Kyambura mosque for prayers. Little did he know that that was his last time to talk to God inside that four walled structure.

He came back home and prepared himself to go to school Kirugu secondary school in Bushenyi district. He has been doing his end of term two exams the whole of that week, remaining with fine art. He entered his classroom in a jolly mood. At around 8:30am, a few minutes in the exam, Byaruhanga was very sure he heard a gunshot. Like any other curios student, he ran towards the door to see what was happening.

“We thought it was game rangers running after poachers. In a twinkle of an eye, I saw Byaruhanga falling down blood oozing out of his stomach. It was a nasty site for me to see which will never fade out of my head,” Idd Habasa a classmate said who was a few steps behind him on that fateful day.

That very morning students of Kirugu secondary school in Bushenyi district came face to face with Bushenyi local administration armed policemen who showered them with live bullets leaving one student dead and another one seriously injured.

Yusuf Byaruhanga 20, a senior one student, died shortly after he was admitted at Comboni hospital due to bullets that him on the stomach letting out the intestines.

At 20 years one could wonder why Byaruhanga was in S.1. He is among the many disadvantaged children who were born in Ugandan poor families. His father a pure peasant had struggled to make him remain in school.

He had repeated primary seven at Kyambura primary school for two times not because he was dull but due to lack of school fees.

After doing his PLE in 2004 he lost hope and dropped out of school for a period of another two years. When he heard that the government was to introduce free secondary education, he saw it as his long waited chance he could not let go. He was however frustrated when he we refused to register at Kirugu ss as a UPE student because he could not qualify.

Byaruhanga’s passion for school made his father Idd Karyaija to struggle and make sure his son attend school. Through doing pet jobs in the village, Byaruhanga was able to raise school fees and boy scholarstic materials.

“This boy was very intelligent. I was sure he would make it even to the University on government sponsorship,” Karyaija lamented.

At school the deputy Head teacher, Mr Wilson Byamukama approved this. He said that since he looked older than any other atudent in senior one, he could be noticed. ”He was very intelligent and serious in whatever he was doing. It was unfortunate that we lost him so carelessly like that.”

Sitting in his small compound, looking at his son’s grave, a helpless Karyaija is waiting for any person who can help him to get compensation from government after his son was shot dead by police while at school.

“A few days after the burial, some police men came here and apologized for what happened. They said that they will follow the matter and we may receive compasation. We are waiting. It will be good if they honour their promise,” Mzee Karyaija said.

Karyaija said that he knows the cost of not taking children to school. He said that they become a burden to both parents and the government.

“I have been trying to fulfill the government policy of educating my children. But it really frustrates to send a child to school and the government then comes to shoots him,” a sobbing Karyaija wondered.

According to the deputy head teacher Mr Wilson Byamukama of Kirugu ss, there was not strike at the school as police first said. He said that in the last 11 years he had been there, the school has never registered a strike.

It all started when the local administration policemen came to school to arrest the head master Mr. Laban Rushure. It is said that he had got some domestic problems with his wife Alice Rushure who is the Bushenyi district local government planner. Even the police men came in her car. It would not have caused a stir among students but when they saw their head teacher being hand cuffed, they tried to inquire for an explanation and block his arrest.

“The headmaster was whisked away from his home in handcuffs. This led students as for an explanation to know why their head teacher was being taken,” a teacher only known as Wilber narrated.

The district police commander Onyura Peter said Rushure told police that there was a strike at school and had called his wife send him transport and security to protect him from the students whom he (Rushure) said they had gone on strike.

The leaders in the district have condemned all that transpired in the school. The Bishop of West Ankole diocese Rt Rev Yonah Katoneene and the area MP Gaude Tindamanyire have appealed to government to intervene and carry out thorough investigations into the matter and find out the root cause of the shooting.

The three police men, Abraham Kyabaheire and Cpl Turimu, Patrick Byaruhanga attached to Kyamuhanga police post were arrested. The head teacher has been released on police bond while the three policemen have been sent to Nyamushakyera government prison on remand.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Meeting the youngest king

Paul Rwambangye Aruho

I have always seen him in newspaper photos and on Televisions. This graceful shy looking king , the world’s youngest king of the Tooro Kingdom , Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukiidi the IV.

On his 12th coronation ceremony which was supposed to be held on 12 September, it was delayed for ten days and fell on 22 September. I don’t know what caused the delay but it was for my advantage as I wouldn’t have been able to see him for the first time. It coincided with the day when the then Uganda ’s Prime Minister Dr. Apollo Milton Obote abolished the three tribal kingdoms of Buganda , Ankole and Bunyoro and the chieftaincy of Busoga.

The ceremony started with a thanksgiving service in St. John’s Cathedral, Kabarole in Fort Portal Municipality which was presided over by the Rt. Rev. Benezeri T. Kisembo. I was very curious to steal a grips on this young man. I waited patiently up to the end of the service because I had come a bit late.

My prayers were answered. After the service, I stood at the end of the pew and made sure I ‘see’ him. But I didn’t envy him at all. I felt there is away how people around him, whom I late came to know as ‘abakumirizi’, step on his freedom. I really wondered if he has time for his own.

After the service, we proceeded for the main function at his palace, Karuzika. I was most annoyed by the king’s royal regalia, the so called the kingdom’s army. They looked very shabby and miserable compared to the master they serve. There was a handful of young boy of barely 8 years. They looked to me as if they don’t benefit from universal primary education. I really wondered in this 21 century I could meet people as shabby as they were.

The occasion was graced by His Ex. President Museveni. As he is among the guardians of the king, he was also supposed to go through some king of traditional rituals. He was taken inside the behind door and emerged dressed in a backcloth.

Looking at President Museveni’s face, he showed some jealous to this young ‘boy’, even if I was the one I would have. The scene I observed closely was when the chiefs were called to greet the king. Old men prostrating before this young boy made president Museveni at unusual look at the king. I later her some man saying, “the respect given to this young boy is envied by everyone even the president. No wonder president Obote abolished them in 1966,” a gentle man seated besides me whom I later knew to be Prof. Rugumayo said.

The youngest king has started to grow. Not like those years when he could be busy playing with balloons as the empango proceeds, he has now realized that he is an important person in the kingdom. He has started to develop the kingsh attitude. He just kept quite without a smile as people danced around him wanting to grab his attention.

To my amazement, I saw men doing most of the things, I myself would otherwise not have done. This made me conclude; thank God my king was never restored.

Parents; Provide lunch for your children


I read with dismay the Daily Monitor’s article that government should provide lunch to UPE pupils,(see Gov’t urged to allocate shs40 billion for UPE meals). I could not believe what I was reading when the chairperson of public Account’s Committee Hon. Nandala Mafabi was quoted saying that some parents cannot afford providing meals for their children.
The way some things are being handled in this country is driving people to the other side of poverty line. Why should one assume that a parent is not capable of providing lunch to his/her school going child?
In the past men and youths could work to provide for their homes, pay school fees for their children and taxes. Some people are awashing the populace to have a ‘handout receiving’ mentality where the government is to provide everything.
There is a Chinese saying that instead of giving someone a fish, teach him how to do the fish. The introduction of UPE, USE and the abolition of graduated tax is making the majority rural people not to work. Some politicians and religious leaders have many times complained that family heads are now found seated in trading centres playing cards and gambling.
"Why should I waste time looking for money? I don’t have any pressing need that needs cash," Asah Nuwagaba, 43 a father of six told me when I found him in a bar drinking alcohol in the wee hours of the morning.
Family heads have been deprived of their responsibility of taking care of their homes. The father thinks that since the wife can manage to go to the family garden and get enough food for the children, that’s enough. Fathers no longer pay taxes, school fees for their children and now people are saying they cannot afford providing lunch for their children in UPE schools.
The permanent secretary in the ministry of education and sports was reported saying that pupils should always carry packed food to school. It reminded me the olden days when we carried that food happily and sharing it with our friends during lunch break. This helped us to keep in school and attend afternoon lessons not on empty stomachs. I remember there was no struggle on this; it was a must to carry food.
The government has always been or sounded tough on some particular issues. I cannot see the reason why it cannot use the same measures to coerce parents to provide lunch for their children. Is it because it has already started to be sensitive to of 2011?
Recently I read in our papers the president saying that he will man handle any head teacher who charges extra money for lunch from students on UPE and USE programs. Head teachers are saying it is very difficult to teach a hungry student. They are being parental and sympathetic to these children who don’t eat at lunch time.
As the public’s committee chairman Hon. Nandala Mafabi was saying that the ministry of education and sports should look for 40 billion per term to feed UPE pupils, there are other issues that need this money. Parents should be sensitized that it is their obligation to provide lunch for their school going children. The government is doing its work, let parents play their part. Many of us never had these free hand outs and we came out fairly successful.
Writer is a teacher and journalist

Monday, July 03, 2006

Computer Labs a necessity in schools

Computer labs a necessity in schools
Paul R. Aruho

There has been a wave of computer studies in our schools. In most schools, parents have been forced to stretch deeper into their pockets to fund the setting up of computer labs. Though setting these labs take time and money they are very important to our education system.

In most schools I have travelled to, there are many limitations that have frustrated school administrations to make this dream come true. Administrators squeeze as much as possible to use the few computers available to introduce basic computer skills to their students.

There should be an effort to prepare schools to accept the technology. This means convincing parents and teachers about the need to put up a computer lab in a school.
Certain basic infrastructure such as electricity, phone lines, school buildings, safe and secure environment and insurance should be emphasised. Certain minimum infrastructure requirements are important to enable the use of ICT.

In Mbale secondary school, which has a population of over 3,000 students, there is less than 25 computers. Curious students just stand in front the screen, and many hardly touch the mouse. The computer lab is also small which does not make it comfortable for students to have their lesson.

But their teacher Mr Charles Mubiru, feels this is a good beginning. He says the small number of students who in my classroom touch a computer is an indication that there is a bigger challenge and an eye opener to school administrators and parents.

Teachers need to understand the application of ICT to support their teaching and administration. Therefore, a policy should be set up to identify ways of improving teacher capacity in the use of ICT as well as their specific integration into teaching systems and pedagogical models. The policy should also outline the type of additional staff required to support computers and related technologies

Information and Computer technology needs to be available to a large number of students and teachers. Existing computer technology is still not appropriate in terms of complexity and cost for school environment. Cheaper-easier-to use technology must be developed and implemented in schools to allow a greater use among students and teachers.

There also an urgent need to train teachers in the use of ICTs in schools. Majority of teachers in our schools don’t know how to use computers. The profession development of teachers sits at the heart of any successful technology and education program. Teachers not only need formal training but also sustained and on going support form colleges to help them learn how best to integrate technology in their teaching.

Teachers need to be able to transform their classes from places where a static one-way flow of information from a teacher to students occur, into a dynamic, student centred learning environment. Through the use of Internet, learners can be able to interact with peers in teams, both in their classrooms as well as vital classes around the world.

Most teachers however are intimidated by technology and are comfortable with their own old teaching styles. There is need to generate confidence in teachers about ICTs. Teachers should be able to have personal access if not, the full potential of ICT will remain untapped. This confidence will enable teachers to know when and how to use ICTs in classrooms and when not to use it.

Teachers should be helped to use technology as a tool and transform their classrooms into interactive, inquisitive learning environments.
Do our schools prepare children for the real life

Dan Muganzi (not real name) finished a course from the University in social works and social administration. He walked the streets of Kampala for three years combing for a job in vain. He ran back home in Bushenyi to his disappointed parents and asked his father to buy him a car to do special hire. His father didn’t take him serious, but seeing the graveness on his face he did that for him. He is among the lucky ones who have parents that can do that for him. Dan is now a special hire driver in Bushenyi town and he looks happy.

There are many youths out there doing the jobs they never trained in. One wonders whether our schools prepare children for the real world these days.

You will agree with me that the world has changed but the education system has remained static. Children spend years in an antiquated educational system-studying subjects they will never use, preparing for that, that no longer exist.

Many parents have been disappointed after paying expensively for their children’s education and when they finish, they cannot find the jobs.

David Mafabi a secondary schoolteacher and journalist say that lack of career guidance in schools is leading students to courses that will not help them in future.
“You find a person taking mass communication without knowing the demands of the course,” Mafabi says.

These days the dangerous advise you can give a child is ‘go to school, get good grades and look for a safe secure job’. This has become old advice and it is bard. We have seen many people who were mediocres in school but now they are managing huge businesses and very well.

Dr. Ahemd K. Ssengendo the Rector of Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) says that the education being given to students is not purposely for jobs, but an eye opener for them to look far into the future.
He advises students that instead of roaming in Kampala they should go back home and develop their villages.

It is foolish to assume that the education the school system provides will prepare your child for the world they will face after graduation. Each child needs more education, different education and they need to know the rules. A child today needs a sophiscated education. We all know that education is the foundation of success. There is need to provide skills that are virtually important in regard to financial and communication oriented.

We study to get money, acquire wealth and live a good life. But do the subjects studied at school prepare our children for this? Getting good education and good grades no longer assures success. Everybody should notice that and let the children know. Good grades were of long time ago when governments provided jobs.
Dr. S. K Simba a lecturer at Makerere University in the department of political science and public administration once wrote that the researched data to show that people with high academic qualifications tend to be better leaders compared to those with low qualifications does not exist. (Daily Monitor 24th Jan 2006)
That is why even president Museveni rarely considers academic qualifications in his appointments.

The ministry of education is coming up to boast technical schools. A lot of support is needed especially from every Ugandan either rich or poor. We need to support practical and science subjects in schools to make sure our children are given the required skills. However much expensive these subjects could be, let everybody do his or her best in regard to supporting practical subjects in our school.

Giving our children the same advice our parents gave us years back is poisonous. The world around us has changed but the advice has not. It is disastrous for those of us born into a rapidly changing world.

It is for real; our schools no longer prepare the children for the real world a head of them. We need to change this.

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