By Gilbert Kidimu and Andrew Ssenyonga
Ugandans should not look at the Government as the sole provider of education in the country.
This call was made by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala while speaking during the inauguration of St. Mary’s College, Lugazi recently.
“We should partner with the Government to ensure that our children get an education. Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education are not enough for everyone, they need to be supplemented by privately–owned institutions,” Wamala advised.
The school, which was founded by Moses Ssenyonjo in 2007, started classes in February 2008 with eight students and 12 teachers. It boasts of 1,530 students today. Ssenyonjo had earlier been a head teacher at Naalya Secondary School for 16 years, where he was also founding head teacher.
The ceremony at the school campus was also graced by state minister for higher education, John Muyingo and the Tanzania ambassador to Uganda.
St. Mary’s College, Lugazi runs the Nkwanga Foundation, a charity that educates over 200 needy students at the school. Needy but bright children from across Uganda have received full and half scholarships to study all through high school.