President Yoweri Museveni has said that he will support Kampala-based City High School by providing housing to the teachers in that institution.
The President pronounced the commitment during celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of the school that were held today at the institution’s premises in Kololo, Kampala. The celebrations were held under the theme: Determined to Excel. The school provides Ordinary and Advanced levels education to 1,247 students who are taught by 65 teachers. He congratulated the pioneer parents and students of City High School for attaining 50 years since the establishment of the institution.
“At the time of independence, we had a few A-level schools, namely Buddo, Kisubi, Ntare and Gayaza. In 1965, a number of Junior Schools were converted into Secondary Schools,” he told the congregation present for the celebrations.
The President thanked the officials of the school for inviting him to the celebrations and observed that the school has got a good model of day schooling. He reiterated that the teachers should be provided with accommodation at the school adding that a lot of man-hours, which could be used to promote education, are wasted when teachers travel from their homes that are far from schools.
Mr. Museveni further pledged support to the school in other areas that were identified as challenging such as the construction of a library and laboratory. He said that the Government would ensure that the school’s asbestos roofs are replaced so that City High School benefits from the Government policy of big structures.
President Museveni also laid a foundation stone for the construction of school’s new library and ICT complex and pledged a donation of Shs.80 million to facilitate the construction of the new block. He said that the school land would be protected from land grabbers.
The Chairman of the School’s Board of Governors, Rev. Joab Mbukuure, revealed that land grabbing has hampered the school’s operations. He thanked the committed teachers for their hard work.
The Headmistress, Mrs. Clare Nduhuura, saluted President Museveni for honouring the celebrations as chief guest. She revealed that City High School took in many students who were displaced during the days of insecurity. She further said that various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sponsor over 400 students in the school. She reported that City High School has represented Uganda in hockey tournaments in East Africa.