Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

GOVERNMENT IS ‘MURDERING’ THE EDUCATION SECTOR

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com


Makerere University, announced plans to increase tuition fees to 6m/= per academic year. The administration alleges that it lacks sufficient funds to meet its expenses. This proposal has stirred controversy and unrest especially regarding parents and guardians of students seeking university enrolment. Some even threatened to strike. Fees increment at Makerere means that even other universities in the country will raise theirs, thus causing a negative trickle down effect. So, the pertinent question is who is to blame for this undesirable development? I say that the government is to blame.

President Museveni’s government ‘sponsors’ 4000 students on the Government Scholarship scheme but never actually pays for them! Makerere needs money to feed these students, buy scholastic materials, pay electricity, water and other amenities for them to use and also pay their lecturers and other support staff. But this money is nowhere since government doesn’t pay. Resultantly, the university administration only relies on payments by private sponsored students who not only pay for themselves but the 4000 government sponsored students too! This is unsustainable. In order to make ends meet, the administration keeps on hiking tuition as a survival strategy, hence leading to Professor Mahmood Mamdani’s “scholars in the market place” syndrome.

I submit that government’s conduct is not accidental but intended. A close and sober analysis of developments in the education sector reveals a well orchestrated plot to undermine intellectual growth of Ugandans through provision of poor quality and sub-standard education. Emphasis is only on quantity, aimed at preventing the emergence of a highly enlightened citizenry, capable of critical thought and analysis by churning out largely crude and half-baked scholars––right from primary to university level.

After spending seven years in primary school, most P.L.E. pupils cannot even construct sensible and intelligible grammatical sentences and go through secondary school only as dull fellows. Consequently, in Mr. Museveni’s Uganda, only private schools are able to provide meaningful education but they are too expensive to be afforded by most Ugandans (80% are peasants!). Now, university education has also been rendered impossible to purposely keep away the survivors of the primary-secondary school massacre.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries of the regime––the proponents of the 50 year leadership master plan––can afford to take their children to first world schools, both local and abroad. So, their children are immunized of this unfortunate academic tyranny because they access high quality education.

One for the road.

The violent and high-handed government dispersal of the “Walk To Work” demonstration in protest of the increased fuel prices is regrettable. There is no legal basis whatsoever to prevent people from enjoying their constitutional right of movement. The police and other security agencies ought to provide and maintain public security instead of ruthlessly dispersing otherwise peaceful and unarmed civilians.

Lest I forget.

All the above point to one thing: that unless it reforms itself, this government has lost the legitimacy and moral authority to continue presiding over the leadership of Uganda and should be removed by the people.