Education
Nakatudde, Nabbingo’s first Ugandan H/M
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2013
Nakatudde, Nabbingo’s first Ugandan H/M
Margaret Nakatudde Nsereko
  • mail
  • img
newvision

Pioneers
 
By Mathias Mazinga 
 
In 1942, when Bishop Edward Michaud founded Trinity College Nabbingo, there were no structures.  Classes were conducted under a mango tree and there was a general belief that the school was founded to train young girls to be married off to chiefs.
 
From inception, Nabbingo’s stewardship was under the Missionaries of Africa, who later entrusted the administration to the Catholic Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa. The baton was later handed over to the Canonesses Sisters of St. Augustine.
 
The school had one of its turning points in 1971, when its leadership was handed over to an alumnus, Margaret Nakatudde Nsereko, as its headmistress.
 
Nakatudde’s appointment thus placed her in the school’s history books as the first Ugandan lay head of the school. 
She often took controversial decisions. For example, in the 1980s, Nakatudde admitted several male students, something that some of the Catholics were unhappy about. 
 
But she reasoned: “Was it not better to let these boys, whose respective schools had been closed because of the civil war, to continue with their education in a girls’ school? Would you not pull your calf out of the ditch just because it was a Sunday?”
 
One of her supporters, Augustine Mutumba, said of Nakatudde: “She was a manly woman. She did things that even men feared to do. I remember, one time, people who supplied the school with food failed to turn up. Realising that the students were going to go without food, she drove her Mercedes Benz and packed the food in the boot. She was indeed a crisis manager.”
 
Nakatudde was also a courageous and decisive administrator. During the Obote II regime, in the 80s, many soldiers tried to force Nakatudde to admit their children to the school. She, however, stuck to the rules and principles of the administration.
 
She was also a lady with a big heart. She accommodated many of her needy and war-displaced relatives at her school residence and paid their school dues. 
 
Nakatudde’s big heart also reached out to the residents of Nabbingo, many of whom she employed at the school. 
She is married to Roy Nsereko, now a retired marketer. The couple has raised eight children Albert, Margaret, Patrick, Anita,  Victor, Elizabeth, Carol and Catherine  who are currently living in the UK and the US. 
 
After 16 years of service, the curtains were drawn on Nakatudde’s service at Nabbingo. 
She was succeeded by Teopista Yiga, who was later succeeded by the reigning head teacher, Coltilda Nakate Kikomeko.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Gov
Government secures $100m loan from the World Bank to finance the renovation and re-equipment 293 traditional primary schools....
UK’s Lord Verjee visits Kiboga school
Lord Rumi Verjee, a Ugandan-born British businessman, is a member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom....
Timetable for 2014 UNEB exams released
The Uganda National Examinations Board has released timetables for the 2014 PLE, UCE and UACE exams scheduled to start in October through to December....
University admission body illegal - court
The High Court in Kampala has declared that the Public Universities Joint Admissions Board (PUJAB) is an illegal entity....
Kyambogo University pardons over 2,000 students
At least 2,000 Kyambogo University students who had failed to complete their programmes within the stipulated period have until next month to resume their studies....
Who is responsible for birth of ghost pupils, schools?
During this year’s budget speech on June 12, finance minister Maria Kiwanuka proudly told the country that the number of pupils in primary school had hit 8.4 million against a target of 8.5 million....
Do you think installing CCTV cameras in public places will help in the fight against terrorism?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter