12 February 2012

Uganda: MP Nsereko Wants Chinese in Schools

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko wants schools to start teaching international languages especially Chinese.

He believes China is soon becoming a world superpower.

"I will be very proud to hear that in Kibuli, it's compulsory to learn Chinese", Nsereko said.

When students learn international languages like Arabic, French, Chinese, German and Japanese, they are well placed to compete for international jobs even if they don't make it to a university. Nsereko was visiting his old school, Kibuli SS, where he had his O-levels. For A-level, he attended Kawempe Muslim Secondary School where he scored 25 points to join Makerere University for a Bachelor of Law degree. As usual, he took a few jibes at President Museveni who he faulted for encouraging the teaching of patriotism in schools. He believes no one can force someone to love his or her nation after all the problems they go through.

"People are patriotic after seeing what the country has done for them. You can't teach me to be patriotic when potholes are all over the country, when my parents suffer with school fees, or when there is no medicine in the hospital", he said.

He also encouraged the schools to emphasize entertainment and sports so that the students relax. The head teacher, Ibrahim Matovu, said while Nsereko was still at the school, he started a news reading programme every morning at the assembly. The move has since caught at most schools in the country.

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