BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA VIA THE UAH FACEBOOK FORUM
Why work hard if no work pays as well or even better? Education, especially college-level education, used to be the key to a “good and happy” life. It is not clear that it still is, not in the same measure. The hope must be that the day does not come when a deep and abiding love for academic knowledge, possession of possibly blind faith, and great courage constitute the milieu for seeking tertiary level education in Uganda.
Why bother to be college-level educated when with an even unproven claim of secondary-level education, one may join a political party, get appointed or elected to a political office, and the one’s days of financial and other material troubles may be over on the one hand, and their days of influence and power begin. It is looking more like what anyone seeking personal material success needs to do to have and enjoy the “good” life in Uganda, is less education and more friends, connections, and guile.
The youth want to be like Ham Kiggundu and Jose Chameleon. Or get rich quickly through corruption like Sam Kutesa, Salim Saleh, Tumwebaze, the Museveni family, and so many others. They see ‘studying’ as a futile and onerous journey.
Time has changed.