The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said universal primary education (UPE) policy adopted by the NRM government has registered immense success in ensuring that all the children of Uganda have access to education.
The Premier said UPE demonstrates the visionary nature of the NRM Government and its leadership.
Dr Rugunda made the remarks while receiving a group of university graduates who went through UPE schools at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday.
“UPE has been a revolutionary programme with immense success despite the shortcomings and all stakeholders must address the challenges,” said the Premier adding that society had an obligation to ensure that every child has access to quality education.
He said the success of UPE enabled government to embark on universal secondary education (USE) and the loan scheme to ensure that all deserving students have access to higher education.
Rugunda said the young graduates were at the centre stage of transforming Uganda to a modern state, adding that the UPE graduates should be patriotic and Pan- Africanists ready to take lead in solving the challenges of the country, region and Africa as a whole.
The Chairperson of the UPE graduates association, Muhanguzi Isaac thanked government for starting UPE in 1997.
He said the UPE graduates association was formed in 2014 and the beneficiaries are looking forward to supporting government in its development agenda.
Muhanguzi said they had planned for a mega graduation ceremony on 16 May, 2015, adding that the event will bring together over 3000 UPE products who have graduated from the various institutions.
H.E President Yoweri Museveni is expected to grace the function.
The President of Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) Lillian Aber said UNSA had advanced in its operations and was now also concerned about life after school.
She said UNSA was working closely with the UPE graduates to ensure that the activities of the association which include career guidance in schools are supported by all stakeholders.