By Kampala Post Reporter
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni, who was on a working visit to Kisoro District on Thursday, held a meeting with various leaders to discuss the future of the proposed John Kale Institute of Science and Technology.
The meeting held at Kisoro Tourist Hotel was attended among others by Hon. MPs James Nsaba Buturo (Bufumbira East), Sam Bitangaro (Bufumbira South), Kamara John Nizeyimana (Bufumbira North), Byibesho Sam (Kisoro Municipality) and Kabagyenyi Rose (Woman MP Kisoro District), former MPs, the LCV Chairman Bizimana Abel, RDC Hajji Shafiq Sekandi, other District and Sub County Leaders, Religious leaders, opinion leaders, elders, representatives of farmers and the business community in Kisoro District.
In their memorandum read by Kisoro District Speaker Amos Hakizimana, the leaders said the John Kale Institute of Science and Technology was a pledge made by President Museveni to the people of Kisoro in October 2012 in commemoration of the achievements of the late Kale Muhima’s struggles for Uganda’s Independence. The President also laid a foundation stone at the site in Kanyabukungu Village, Gosorora Parish, Nyakabande Sub County in October 2017.
The Leaders expressed their concern about the delayed establishment of the Institute and a rumor circulating in the District alleging that the Ministry of Education and Sports had scaled down John Kale Institute to a mere technical college that will only award certificates and diplomas.
After a lengthy discussion, Mrs. Janet Museveni, who was flanked by Senior Technical officers from her Ministry, told the Kisoro leaders that the Ministry would not reverse the President’s pledge of an Institute whose courses will determine its character.
“We agree that in principle, John Kale Institute of Science and Technology will be a Skill-based Institute that can offer degrees, diplomas and certificates,” she told the people of Kisoro.
She however implored the leaders to work together and ensure that the land where the John Kale Institute of Science and Technology is to be constructed is free of any contention.
She also urged them to educate their people so as to change the negative attitude they have about technical education. She added that the people need to embrace technical education and become job creators instead of job seekers.
She also pointed out the President’s concern about constructing buildings that look like 5-star hotels to house schools and institutes. She therefore said that all institutes that will be constructed by the Ministry of Education and Sports will have humble ordinary buildings but be able to do the required work.
In his submission, Hon Nsaba Buturo thanked the NRM Government for addressing the two issues of creating Kisoro District and the John Kale Institute of Science and Technology that he described as being very dear to all the Bafumbira people.
Before the meeting, Mrs. Janet Museveni accompanied by some of the leaders in Kisoro District visited the site where the John Kale Institute will be constructed and the nearby Kisoro Technical Institute.
In the First Lady’s entourage were senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports including the Director of Education Standards Dr. Kedrace Turyagyenda, Commissioner for Higher Education Jolly Uzamukunda and Hajati Safina Musene the Commissioner Business, Technical and Vocational Education (BTVET).