Education system in Uganda is dividing Ugandans


Summary: The education system in Uganda today is deliberately used as tool by the powers that be, to divide Ugandans, from the cradle (to the grave), for selfish reasons/designs known to them. To them, this is the best way to ‘end’ “Project Uganda”. For example, while it was possible, under the abominable colonialists, for an Acholi boy to enter King’s College Budo and become the best debater of his generation in Parliament, today’s boy in the same area is forced to learn under the sun, at a ‘learning Centre’, where the teacher-to-pupil ratio is 1:200, while in town it may be 1:50 or even 1:25. Yet the poor souls sit the same exam like their peers in town. They face the same completion for ‘equal’ opportunities. This is not the best way to create “one country”.

Read on:

1/4). CONTRASTS: The kids at Lohana Academy, Kololo and those under the mango tree in Luwero or in Pallisa or at a “Leaning Centre” at Lachekocot {Achwa, Atanga Division} will sit the same PLE exams with/like those at Budo Junior, at Kaboja Junior, at Greenhill (Kibuli), a Kabale preparatory school (where Amin used to take his kids), Greenhill Academy (Kibuli), Lohana Academy (Kololo), and with those in a ‘mobile class in Kotido, etc

As a mater of fact, those under  mango tree may be better of, if the location is permanent. In Kangole (in Karamoja), the naked kids’ class follows the heard.

In Pader, 20 schools gather(ed) at one school near the district headquarters (to the north of Kwon Kich junction) and all the P5 classes for example, have one teacher shouting, with no megaphone. The teacher-to-pupil ratio here is 1-to-200 (national non-UPE average: 1:50 and in some Kampala schools: 1:25-30). How many pupils, having fled their homes are able to pick anything and later sit the same exam as the town kids?

2/4). Note: In the North of Uganda, under the insurgency, schools in an area, ranging from say 5-30 schools, gather/gathered at one ‘secure’ location, in most cases, a ‘hosting’ school, then constitute what is called a “LEARNING CENTRE”. All classes form a mega-class, with e.g. a P1 class is formed from 10 P1 classes from the whole area. As expected, these poor souls cannot be accommodated under one roof, so, the teachers take turns in shouting to them, in the school playground. At such ‘learning centres’ like Keyo C.O.U “host’ primary school (Pabo area), is /was always a spectacle to see children putting on10 different uniforms (by fashion and colour), running around, oblivious of their fate (these are lucky because at the Kwon Kich learning centre, 50% of the pupils running around had no uniforms and in some cases, were in shorts or in shirts only).

3/4). Dilemma: These poor souls are/would still be waiting for the same exam from UNEB headquarters at Ntinda in Kampala, as would be the spoilt kids at Kabale preparatory or Rock primary at Tororo and would/will both place their first choice as SMACK (St. Mary’s Kisubi)- imagine!!. Check the odds here.  The disadvantaged kid is unaware of its fate. The id is happy to sing when the president ‘flies’ by There are many contrasts here of course: The difference here of course is that the exams for Kwon Kich ‘learning centre’ would be delivered by an Mi-24  Hind gun-ship and those for Greenville by special courier. The Greenhill teacher will be an examiner while the Keyo leaning teacher will never know how examiners are selected. The Keyo pupil has never heard of or ‘seen’ electricity let alone, a computer. While the pastime of a Greenhill pupil is computer games, the pass-time of a Keyo learning centre pupil is bird-hunting with a rubber-catapult. The list of contrasts is endless yet, we say we are lining in “One Uganda” with equal opportunities. NO WAY!!

4/4). CONCLUSION: Watch out!! The gap is widening at a ‘SUPERSONIC’ speed (as Idi Amin would have put it). The days when a boy like Daudi Ochieng (later MP) (or even an Otunu) could come from Acholiland to King’s College Budo, or when one boy  Frank Kalimuzo (later Prof.) could come from Kisoro and end as a teacher at King’s College, Buddo are long gone. Uganda is no longer one and is much less a land of ‘equal’ opportunity than it was in the past. This situation is so because it meets and satisfies the aims and goals of the current crop of politicians. “Divide and Rule” is not a Machiavellian joke. it is a reality in our Uganda of today.

So, it is not fair to talk of “one Uganda” when we are busy working hard to divide our young ones and disadvantage the majority of them, from the cradle, from the start. Yet, the national wealth is generated from the efforts and resources of All Ugandans equally. Even the so called UPE money is used as a ‘bribe’ for local politics.

Christopher Muwanga,

Nakasero,

Kampala.

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  1. Angol David,

    Folks,

    This is very disturbing if in Uganda we still teaches pupils under mango trees.Hon Kadaga is building a 1.5b Sh mansion,how much does it cost to build a class room to house these kids?

  2. kipenji Owor,

    Mr Angol:
    By your statements below,are you impugning that Ms Rebecca Kadaga is using government
    money to put up a private mansion?
    Secondly,if she is not using Government money,must she build a school with it?
    There are many presumptions we sometimes make about our leaders with reflecting on their import.
    Mr Wafula-Oguttu and his associates have been boasting here on the forum that they are already
    rich and are not in politics to make money.
    I would really want to believe that but I am afraid I might be very wrong.If these guys are rich as they claim,why should they dirten themselves with all the mudslinging in politics?They should become philanthropists like Bill Gates and put their monies where their mouths are i.e helping provide the services which they are only going to do when in Government.
    Whatever their claims,one sees it as just politicking and nothing more.
    Kipenji

  3. kasaija,

    and m7 supporter call that development in all the years they have milked the economy!

  4. Jeff Tindamanya,

    500billion lost to CHOGOM and not a classroom in site. Got Toyotas, and lash pads to sleep comfortably.

  5. WBK,

    Folks:

    Let me disagree with some of you. What is more important: having enough teachers or beautiful buildings for learning purposes? Put differently, given that resources are scarce, if you had a 100 million shillings to spend per district in Uganda-that is less than what one biccupuli carrying good for nothing MP earns a year-where would you put it and why?

    I for one would put it into hiring more teachers-I hear teachers make a mere Ug shs 200, 000 a month the equivalent of 2.4 million a year. For 100 million, that would translate into about 41 new teachers. Yes, the opportunity cost of one useless MP is 41 teachers and inflated teacher- student ratios in Uganda.

    Would 41 teachers per district make a difference? Yes. That is not to say classrooms do not matter, they do, but bear in mind that resources are scarce and Ugandans have no clue how best to spend their meager resources. YKM is busy creating districts to send more useless MPs to Kampala. The former Bushenyi will send 5 with an annual bill to pamper 5 useless MPs, some with bicuupuli documents for a year.

    Again, if Ugandans in their wisdom would rather eat rats in order to get a district and with it an additional MP than demand for better educational services in the form of more teachers who is to blame? I mean if educated folks demand districts apparently to take service closer to the people and drain critical resources way from education or health whose is to blame? What an irony! Surely the Ughs 120 million paid to MP annually can buy an ambulance or two for the district, or hire an additional 41 teachers.

    And yes, with more teachers kids can still learn and perform satisfactorily even under mango trees. Of course they lose class time when it rains and stuff, but with enough teachers, do not underestimate the resolve of an eager mind.

    That is why I told Mr. Wafula Oguttu that until some of us see their concrete proposals on important national issues, we ain’t buying the “we shall do better than YKM” rhetoric. Give us your ideas please and stop personalizing national issues. Uganda is not about YKM, Dr Besigye, Mr. Mao, Mr. Olara-Otunnu, Mr. Kyanjo, Mr. Lukyamuzi etc. . And believe me under the same unitary arrangement it is the same old. No change period.

    Without policies/ides/programs we cannot tell a priori what opposition parties stand for let alone that their leaders are different from YKM.

    For starters all political parties had rigged elections. Yes. So what makes them think that they are different? If you can rig before you get into power you are more likely to rig when in power. I laughed big time the other day when I saw an editorial in the Observer-yes-calling on NRM to emulate FDC in their upcoming national elections. What is it NRM should emulate FDC-I suppose they were telling to NRM stop fighting over posts and just do their thing and go to the gullible delegates to endorse their line up- but the folks at the Observer know the local scene better.

    Folks, Uganda need your genuine prayers. Like I said yesterday our motherFolks:

    Let me disagree with some of you. What is more important: having enough teachers or beautiful buildings for learning purposes? Put differently, given that resources are scarce, if you had a 100 million shillings to spend per district in Uganda-that is less than what one biccupuli carrying good for nothing MP earns a year-where would you put it and why?

    I for one would put it into hiring more teachers-I hear teachers make a mere Ug shs 200, 000 a month the equivalent of 2.4 million a year. For 100 million, that would translate into about 41 new teachers. Yes, the opportunity cost of one useless MP is 41 teachers and inflated teacher- student ratios in Uganda.

    Would 41 teachers per district make a difference? Yes. That is not to say classrooms do not matter, they do, but bear in mind that resources are scarce and Ugandans have no clue how best to spend their meager resources. YKM is busy creating districts to send more useless MPs to Kampala. The former Bushenyi will send 5 with an annual bill to pamper 5 useless MPs, some with bicuupuli documents for a year.

    Again, if Ugandans in their wisdom would rather eat rats in order to get a district and with it an additional MP than demand for better educational services in the form of more teachers who is to blame? I mean if educated folks demand districts apparently to take service closer to the people and drain critical resources way from education or health whose is to blame? What an irony! Surely the Ughs 120 million paid to MP annually can buy an ambulance or two for the district, or hire an additional 41 teachers.

    And yes, with more teachers kids can still learn and perform satisfactorily even under mango trees. Of course they lose class time when it rains and stuff, but with enough teachers, do not underestimate the resolve of an eager mind.

    That is why I told Mr. Wafula Oguttu that until some of us see their concrete proposals on important national issues, we ain’t buying the “we shall do better than YKM” rhetoric. Give us your ideas please and stop personalizing national issues. Uganda is not about YKM, Dr Besigye, Mr. Mao, Mr. Olara-Otunnu, Mr. Kyanjo, Mr. Lukyamuzi etc. . And believe me under the same unitary arrangement it is the same old. No change period.

    Without policies/ides/programs we cannot tell a priori what opposition parties stand for let alone that their leaders are different from YKM.

    For starters all political parties had rigged elections. Yes. So what makes them think that they are different? If you can rig before you get into power you are more likely to rig when in power. I laughed big time the other day when I saw an editorial in the Observer-yes-calling on NRM to emulate FDC in their upcoming national elections. What is it NRM should emulate FDC-I suppose they were telling to NRM stop fighting over posts and just do their thing and go to the gullible delegates to endorse their line up- but the folks at the Observer know the local scene better.

    Folks, Uganda need your genuine prayers. Like I said yesterday our motherland has become a “Kayoola” country and not the “pearl of Africa”. I hate to say it, but Uganda has become the land of political crooks. Believe them at your own peril.

    WBK

  6. Thomas R. Omara-Alwala,

    About the educational crisis in Uganda, I hear you all, loud and clear; the issues, criticisms and complaints. However, I do not hear any practical suggestions or solutions for the crisis from any of you.

    To arrest the educational situation in Uganda and improve it, first and for most, we need to take it as a business opportunity for the entrepreneurs among us; second, to invest our aquired wealth into it; and then to watch it happen

    Let’s roll or stop complaining!

  7. Monique Wyatt,

    Uganda is in urgent need for educational reform. The old and tired colonial approach is what is killing Ugandan educational system. The teachers lacks motivations, creativity and innovatively.
    Why are children being taught subjects which are irrelevant to their lives and will not take them anywhere?
    It’s laughable to say that primary education is free in Uganda. The government never fulfils its duty by giving this money to schools in the first place. Head Masters and Teachers have to resort to corruption in order to keep their school running. Parents are asked to extortionate amount of money which they cannot afford.
    There isa school, which I will not name for obvious reasons. There are 1595 students registered this academic year, with19 teachers; this means that for every 1 teacher, there are 83 students. Why are the Government not investing in Education?

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