New Vision (Kampala)

18 August 2012

Uganda: First Lady Urges Teachers On Morals

The First Lady and MP for Ruhaama County, Mrs Janet Museveni, has urged teachers to be role models not only for their students, but their communities as well.

Mrs. Museveni was closing an educational conference and sensitisation dialogue at Standard High School in Ntungamo district on Tuesday.

It was organised by the Ministry of Education and was attended by head teachers of all primary and secondary schools, church leaders, sub-county chiefs and school management committees in the district.

Mrs. Museveni encouraged teachers to join hands with the Government in mobilising parents to produce better results in all schools.

She said the government was doing everything possible to improve the social infrastructure and would eventually increase their salaries as the economy of Uganda improves.

Janet Museveni advised the teachers to work tirelessly to ensure that they leave a legacy of changing the lives of the students they teach.

She said education should not only be for students but it should also benefit the communities.

"In order to teach you must be willing to be servants of the lord because that's when the lord will use you to shepherd the whole community. For example, use male teachers to protect girls in schools instead of sexually abusing them and leading them to destruction," she noted.

The First Lady said she was willing to partner with the Ministry of Education and Sports to organise a leadership training course for teachers to motivate them on how to use their savings to make their lives better and also become change agents in the communities.

State minister for primary education Kamanda Bataringaya said the government would continue providing scholastic material, training teachers, remunerating their salaries and improving infrastructure of schools countrywide.

He urged parents to take up the responsibility of feeding, providing shelter and health care for the children and stop waiting for government to do everything.

The conference was attended by the Bishop of South Ankole, Ahimbisibwe Nathan, the Woman Member of Parliament for Ntungamo, Naomi Kabasharira, the RDC Rwakifari Peter and other district leaders.

This conference is meant to address the challenges currently affecting the education sector mainly in government aided schools in Ntungamo district, which has resulted into poor performance of students at the national level.

Earlier in the day the First Lady had inspected a seven-classroom block that is under construction at Itoojo Central Primary School, a government school founded by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Itoojo.

The project is an initiative of the Ruhaama community in partnership with their MP.

Mrs Museveni urged the school management committee to sensitise the parents on how they could support government programmes to develop the school and the community as a whole.

The chairman of the management committee, Robert Nturanabo Robert thanked the First Lady for her support to the school and the constituency that has greatly benefited the people all the way to the grassroots.

Mrs. Museveni also inspected the construction of an apartment block at Itoojo Hospital which will provide accommodation for specialist doctors.

The project was funded by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Egyptian government.

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