GOVERNMENT DETERMINED TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF EDUCATION – JANET
The First Lady and Minster of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has said Government is determined to improve the quality of education in the country and that is why her Ministry, together with its development partners, is investing heavily in teacher education.
She said there is a deliberate effort to ensure that teachers are adequately trained to cause the much desired improvement that Uganda’s education system needs.
Mrs. Janet Museveni was on Monday speaking as Guest of Honour during the commissioning ceremony for the infrastructure at National Teachers’ College Kaliro that has been rehabilitated, expanded and furnished with support from the Kingdom of Belgium under the Teacher Training Education (TTE) Project. This was shortly after she was taken on a guided tour of the newly constructed and rehabilitated infrastructure including equipped classroom blocks, multipurpose laboratories, a library with an ICT room and an administrative block at Kaliro NTC.
Kaliro NTC, with a current enrollment of 1,450 students, is one of the four beneficiary colleges of the Teacher Training Education (TTE) project funded by the Kingdom of Belgium through the Belgium Development Cooperation. The other Institutions are National Teachers’ College Muni, the Health Tutors College Mulago, and the National Tutors College Abilonino.
Mrs. Museveni said Government of Uganda is aware of the fundamental role played by National Teachers Colleges in molding teachers and expects the improved, equipped and furnished environment in these colleges to translate into better quality teachers and therefore improved learning outcomes for secondary school students. She said it is pleasing to see that teachers are trained in a conducive environment because it is only then that they can be the effective role models they are expected to be.
“It is our hope that with this targeted investment, the quality of teacher education will lift up the quality of teachers and in turn bring that significant improvement we all want to see in the very near future”, she said.
She appreciated the contribution of Belgian Government to the Education sector most especially to teacher education and pledged continued partnership.
She called upon the governing council and college administration to protect and maintain the investment and also multiply the knowledge and skills acquired to ensure that that the achievements of the TTE project serve generations.
She also urged Local Government Leaders to ensure that communities benefit from the wealth creation programmes and earn incomes at household level so that they are able to contribute to the development of the country instead of always waiting for aid from development partners.
Belgium’s Ambassador to Uganda H.E Hugo Verbist said the single most important input in ensuring the quality of post-primary education is providing teachers capable of delivering education of high quality.
In order to achieve the common goal of producing the best teachers for Uganda’s secondary schools, the Ambassador said Belgium provided a grant of 17.5 million Euros to support infrastructure development and adequate furniture, acquisition of didactical tools and equipment, the continuous professional development of the academic staff and strengthening the management capacities of College Managers in the four teaching institutions. Government of Uganda provided counterpart funding of 10% amounting to 1.750 million Euros.
A new fund worth 23 million Euros has also been provided to support all the NTCs in the country in the second phase of the TTE Project.
Ambassador Verbist called upon management of NTC Kaliro to develop a maintenance strategy for the college infrastructure and equipment to ensure that the investments are sustainable and available to future students.
The Ministry of Education and Sports Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza said the Ministry is satisfied with the quality work done at the already commissioned Muni NTC, Health Tutors College Mulago and Kaliro NTC plus the ongoing work at the National Instructors College Abilonino. He thanked the Kingdom of Belgium for the significant support.
The College Principal Iraalya Bakamya and the Chairman Governing Council NTC Kaliro Prof. Tabuti John Robert thanked the NRM Government led by President Museveni for the ongoing expansion of the College. They also appreciated the Belgium Government for the support.
The State Minister for Cooperatives and MP Bulamogi North West Fredrick Ngobi Gume, MP Bulamogi County Kenneth Lubogo, Woman MP Kaliro Margaret Mbeiza and the LC 5 Chairman Wycliff Ibanda appreciated the NRM Government in partnership with the Belgium Government for changing the face of Kaliro NTC. They requested Government to consider uplifting the status of NTC Kaliro to become the public University for Busoga region.