Dear Ugandans at heart,
It is indeed nauseating to find that most of us waste time in promoting baseless disinformation that serves in our mind to belittle the people we love to hate. The simple question is: is academic achievement per se a measure of one’s ability to succeed in life? What and how do we often define academic achievement? If we come to terms with these queries, we shall have indeed gotten our selves educated.
Mr John Major a man who served as British Prime Minister for 6 long years following the exit of Iron lady Margaret Thatcher did not even get his Higher School Certificate (S6 equivalent in Uganda).Look at the time of his administration, is there anything that you who may not be a school “drop-out” whatever that term means to you, would have done any better and excelled more than he did?
Education is different from schooling in that while schooled people go through the school system, educated ones allow the school system to go through them. They most often end up as the innovators of the world. Remember Bill Gates had gone to graduate school to study technology and from the topic he was given to write his dissertation he realized that it was not necessary to hand it over just to get a piece of paper stating what he supposedly know. He went on to become the World’s richest man for more than a decade and today he has given a lot of money to that institution where he dropped off from that his Professors now worship him.
We currently have Yoweri Museveni as our president who got University education. Has his performance helped him govern Uganda effectively? Malawi, at her Independence had a Medical Doctor as their leader. Do you have anything better about it compared to Uganda? We also had Zimbabwe with a leader who holds 4 University degrees, what do you say about the situation in Zimbabwe.
The paper trails that people peddle as their qualifications are by themselves only papers. It is what you do that is used to judge you against what you utter purporting your abilities. In biblical terms it is what comes out of you that define or defile you and not what goes in you. Remember Murphy’s Law about importance. It states that the less important something is, the more verbiage accorded it e.g someone holding a title: Senior Principal Assistant Deputy Secretary. This could simply be an old office messenger!
So, lets’ stop deluding ourselves about being read or educated, most Ugandans are only schooled. The curriculum was designed for us by the British to serve their interests through us. In 1987,I did participate in developing a curricula for Science to be taught in Primary Schools .This was after government realized rightly that HIV/AIDS can only be truly dealt with if information is passed on at the earliest time possible to the very vulnerable and yet biggest percentage of our population, the children/youth. It was an eye opening experience as to how we used to be taught a lot about other things most of which we would never experience within Uganda and left to figure out ourselves what Uganda and Ugandans need.