The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, has called upon students to desist from acts of indiscipline that will expose them to HIV/AIDS, and also asked them to combine efforts in the fight against the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
The Premier made the remarks while speaking at the Golden Jubilee anniversary celebrations of St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza in Kabale District on Saturday, where he was representing President Museveni.
The Prime Minister congratulated St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza upon celebrating 50 years of existence, and commended the school for maintaining an excellent academic record.
“We are proud of St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza. It has been consistent in its academic performance, and this has made it an exemplary institution not only among schools in Kabale District but also in other areas. Please keep it up,” Rugunda said.
He noted that the school has groomed a number of leaders in society who are serving the country in different capacities, and thus called upon the students to emulate such alumni through maintaining discipline and guarding against risky behavior likely to expose them to AIDS.
“As young people, I urge you to be disciplined and concentrate on your studies. Guard yourselves against the spread of HIV/ AIDS. Desist from engaging in reckless behavior,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister also on behalf of the President, laid a foundation stone for the Golden Jubilee Complex, under construction, and also commissioned Ruhumuliza complex at St. Mary’s College, Rushoroza, pledging government’s support to the school.
The President contributed Ugx 30 Million towards the ongoing construction project of the school.
The Minister of State for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo, who represented the First Lady, and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni, at the function, commended the school for its good academic performance, and asked the School to maintain its good image through continuous promotion of good values such as hard work and honesty among others.
Muyingo also noted that Government is planning to construct secondary schools in every Sub- County, and thus called on the Private sector to support government in this regard.
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni contributed Ugx 5 million towards the function.
The Minister of State for Finance, David Bahati, said that Government is in the process of allocating funds for infrastructure development and Tea growing projects in specific areas of Kabale District.
The Head teacher of St. Mary’s college Rushoroza, Mr. Byamukama Remigio, thanked government for the tremendous support it has continuously rendered to the School.
“We continue to thank the government for the good programs such as USE, UPE, compulsory learning of science subjects at O’level, SESEMAT training, provision of cyber training to the learners, on top of supplying scholastic materials that have promoted education in this country,” Byamukama said.
He added that the timely payment of teachers’ salaries by government, has greatly improved the School’s educational standards.
St. Mary’s Rushoroza was founded in 1967, and it is among the best performing schools in Western Uganda. Currently, it accommodates 1440 students, and has a total of 74 teachers.
Over 170 million shillings was raised in both cash and pledges for the construction of the Golden Jubilee Complex.
The Function was attended by government officials, religious leaders, Members of Parliament and the alumni among others.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
BY DOREEN NASASIRA