FIRST LADY INAUGURATES COMMITTEE TO PRODUCE WHITE PAPER ON MAKERERE VISITATION REPORT
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has inaugurated a 17-person committee to analyze the recommendations of the Rwendeire Visitation Committee Report on Makerere University 2016 and generate a draft White Paper (Macro Policy) on the overall governance and effective management of Public Universities and other tertiary institutions in Uganda.
The Committee inaugurated on Tuesday at State House Nakasero will start work on Monday 20th May 2019 and is expected to last three months. It is composed of academic and technical staff chaired by retired Professor Fredrick Ian Bantubano Kayanja who is deputized by Professor Mondo Kagonyera. Members include Prof. Allen Babugura (from Kabale University), Prof Christine Dranzoa (Vice Chancellor Muni University), Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo (Vice Chacellor Ndejje University), Rev. Prof Samuel Abimelech Luboga and Rev Canon Dr. John Senyonyi (Vice Chancellor Uganda Christian University). Others are Deborah Katuramu (Deputy Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet), Alex Kakooza (Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports), Vincent Bagiire Waiswa (Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT and National Guidance), Dr Robert Limlim (Director NUSAF), Clotilda Nakate Kikomeko (retired Headteacher and Former Chairperson of Secondary School Headteachers in Uganda) , Robert Oceng Odok (Director HTVET), Jolly Uzamukunda (Commissioner Higher Education), Brighton Barugahare (Assistant Commissioner Policy Analysis), Amos Mubangizi (SPA) and Kakula Khirome (Under Secretary /FA).
While inaugurating the committee, Mrs. Janet Museveni said the members had been carefully selected to fulfill this national duty because they are able good men and women who fear God and are also people of truth who hate covetousness. “You have been selected from the big population of Ugandans to take on this big task of unpacking the Rwendeire report which will in turn lead us to amending the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act. My prayer for you is that you will be faithful to God, the President and the people of Uganda especially our children who are the future of this nation,” she said.
Mrs. Museveni thanked them for their willingness to come forward to do this very important task, which she said, may serve this country for many years to come. She emphasized the urgency of the assignment and requested the Committee to carefully evaluate the recommendations in the Makerere Visitation Committee report bearing in mind other Public Universities and tertiary institutions.
The White Paper Committee members thanked the First Lady for the trust and honour bestowed on them and pledged total commitment to deliver a good product that will make her proud of having been Minister of Education at this time.
Professor Fredrick Kayanja said that as the Chairperson he would see to it that the committee does not disappoint the appointing authority and also ensure that the White Paper they will produce will define quality education and a bright future for the Universities and other Tertiary institutions in Uganda.
The Committee members in their individual submissions pledged to ensure that the White Paper defines more focused and effective form of higher education in Uganda and answers the question of competence- based training so as to address the challenge of unemployed graduates.
They also observed that quality education contributes a lot to the overall economy and therefore formulation of this White Paper is an opportunity to address the challenges facing Higher education in the country.
The Deputy Head of Public Service and also Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, who is also a member of the Committee pointed out that the outcome of the committee will represent Government’s position on higher education.
In November 2016, President Museveni appointed a Visitation Committee on Makerere University chaired by the late Dr. Abel Rwendeire to study the causes of endemic strikes, the deficiencies in governance and management and to assess progress on the implementation of previous reports among others. The findings and recommendations were presented in a Report, handed over to the President in December 2017, and which now requires to be analyzed before adoption.
The inauguration of the committee was also witnessed by the Minister of State for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi and Senior officers from the Ministry of Education and Sports.