By Okoodi Abooki
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has asked secondary schools in the country to enroll students on skill programs to help them create their own jobs.
In a speech read for him by the Minister in charge of general duties Mary Karoro Okurut during Jubilee celebrations of Immaculate Heart Girls School Nyakibale, the president noted that the country has reached a stage where graduates without skills are no longer competitive.
He said that to reverse this trend, schools need to go into skilling ventures so that children right from their inception are encouraged to venture into hands on programs that will help them overcome the unemployment syndrome after completing university.
Museveni said the country’s development strings on women whom previous governments had not considered hence making Uganda behind in terms of development.
He said women constitute more than 50% of the population in Uganda and it would be foolhardy for anybody to leave more than half of the population out of the development agenda adding that that’s why NRM government had to come up with programs to emancipate them.
The president applauded Immaculate girls School administrators for showing other government institutions how to use meager resources but produce better results.
He was referring to the golden jubilee complex put up using less than shs5billion shillings.
President Museveni noted with concern that there are so many fundraising but when ones look at what is being put up in certain places do not reflect the money collected which he attributed to corruption.
On his part Rukungiri municipality MP Roland Kaginda challenged government to stop spending a lot of money funding officials to go abroad for benchmarking on issues related to accountability yet there institutions in the country that are corrupt free.
He said such institutions like Immaculate heart Girls school can be used by government to learn from and reverse the trend. He said Immaculate heart has become model for proper utilization of government money in infrastructural development.
But Kaginda’s outburst was down played by Rubanda County MP Paulo Turyahikayo who said MP’s are not only going abroad to benchmark in areas of education alone but they look into many things like the improvement of innovation and technology. The Jubilee complex with sitting capacity of more than four thousand people was built to mark fifty years of existence of the school and will house a chapel, dinning and main halls and classrooms as well.
Immaculate heart girl’s school commenced the celebrations with a charity walk around Rukungiri town and later saw over 200 girls being confirmed by Bishop Charist Rubaramira who also asked the school not only to concentrate on academic programs but train the girl child holistically.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website