In a peculiar confession, First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni, the new Education and Sports minister told the appointments committee members of parliament that she never sat for senior four and senior six.
The Observer reports that Gulu Woman MP Betty Aol Achan sought an explanation as regards the First Lady’s academic qualifications especially her diploma in a nursery course called psychic and physiological development of the child 0-5 years.
She got this diploma from Montessori Education Centre, Dublin in Ireland, and it formed the basis for her admission to Makerere University though without O-level and A-level certificates.
“So, how did you get admitted to Makerere?” the MP is quoted to have asked Janet.
“I must tell the truth, I didn’t have a normal secondary school education, I didn’t sit for S4 and S6,” Janet reportedly told the committee.
Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye jumped in and asked about her teaching experience [school practice] which she confessed not having.
Janet reportedly agreed she never stepped in any classroom to teach because she has mostly dealt with young people and communities.
Mwijukye further asked about her huge security detail and convoy saying her motorcade would drain the education ministry’s budget and her expansive security detail would make her inaccessible to teachers.
Janet defended herself saying since she is no longer an MP, she will have more time to meet and interact with teachers.
The Observer says she finally got the much-needed nod of approval albeit on humanitarian grounds.
Records say Janet attended Kyamate Primary School and Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School.
She holds a master’s degree in Organisational Leadership and Management from the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Makerere University.