By Fred Kiva
Hoima District Local government is reviving the school gardening lessons in Primary schools beginning this term.
Authorities argue that the move aims at encouraging pupils to be productive in farming on top of academics.
“We want pupils to be productive and not to view farming as a punishment,” said Jackson Mulindambura, Hoima District Secretary for Education and Health.
In an interview with Kampala Post, Mulindambura said that through the education department, the district will encourage schools to have a garden of maize or a livestock project from where gardening lessons will be undertaken.
“We want schools to become production units themselves, if we are to be relevant in agricultural production, we need to start from schools,” he added.
Mulindambura explained that the agricultural produce will benefit the teachers and pupils. He said that maize will guarantee schools of posho and porridge for the pupils to address lunch issues.
School gardening lessons died out in the late 1990s and this has been blamed for the poor attitude towards agriculture by some educated Ugandans. Most of them view farming as a reserve for the poor and uneducated people.
Some parents have welcomed the move.
Chris Kabanaku says many children take digging as punishment in homes. He adds that once this is re-introduced in schools the pupils will be shaped.