President Yoweri Museveni yesterday visited and various buildings of schools in Mbarara district.
At Mbarara High School, Museveni commissioned a Shs 3.4bn classroom block, library and science and technology laboratory.
Speaking on the event, the President said government has a programme to educate every Ugandan and would ensure each sub county gets a secondary school.
“We have about 1,500 sub counties of which 1,200 already have secondary schools. We are expanding education both qualitatively and quantitatively,” he said.
He said education must be purpose driven, not just speaking other people’s languages (English or Latin and other foreign languages).
“What are you studying for?” he challenged the learners.
He said government was emphasising sciences, technical education and skills because Ugandans need an education that will give them solutions to their problems.
“If you speak Latin fluently, where will you work? You are highly professional but no job,” the President noted emphasising that learners should be given good career guidance.
He said reality had shown that technical education was the way forward.
“You hear that there is a shortage of jobs in Uganda, that is not true! There are many jobs but with no people to do them.”
He continued: “What are you talented in? I am not saying Arts are useless, not at all. If you can employ yourself, that is a gain.”
The President took off time to warn students against teasing and bullying new comers.
“I heard you were involved in fighting. I was looking for volunteers to fight Joseph Kony. Learn to lose honourably, that is a competition. Fighting for what? That is not good sportsmanship.”
He advised students saying as they grow up, they should know that God has given them a gift of life, “look after that gift, don’t handle it negligently loitering aimlessly, purposeless, wasting your time”.
He used a proverb to drive his point home: “…the one who develops a bald head starts with a high hair line’. We may hear that you have incurable disease”.
He said government was struggling to provide good facilities but students continue to loiter and acquire AIDS which makes their struggle a useless one.
The President afterwards visited Mary Hill High School where he commissioned three science labs, five classrooms, two ICT labs, 300seater library, storeyed staff houses etc.
He also commissioned a Shs 1.1bn project at Nyakayojo S.S.S.
The President was accompanied by the minister of Education, Hon Jessica Alupo.