By Spy Uganda
Entebbe: Yesterday His Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni graced the teachers’ day celebrations an event that was held at State House Entebbe under the theme; “Leading In Crisis, Reimaging The Future.”
At the event, H.E showed his disgrace towards Professor Venansius Baryamureeba a Ugandan mathematician, computer scientist, academic, and academic administrator whom he said is considered to be a computer wizard/scientist who can not even operate one computer.
President said with disappointment, “One time I called Professor Baryamureeba (Venansius), yes that one who was at Makerere University. I said to him that since you are a serious computer wizard/Scientist, please make for us one computer. Up to now, he has never gotten back to me.”
It’s worth noting, that this scientist “who can’t even operate a computer” was once an acting vice-chancellor of the Uganda Technology and Management University, served as the vice-chancellor of Makerere University from November 2009 until August 2012 when he left the position to join the presidential race in 2016.
On thereother hand, President revealed in his speech as seen below;
“I continue to reiterate governments position towards improving the salaries of teachers, health workers, soldiers and government scientists. I need you the people to talk to your MPs to agree with this.
I am also aware of the salary disparities among government workers, some are taking home so much, while others are earning so little. We shall have a review using the Unified Salaries Board to address this matter.
Besides, I urge our teachers all over the country and the Ministry of Education to tailor our system to the needs of our people, we should teach what will help Uganda and Africa move forward.
One time I called Professor Baryamureeba (Venansius), yes that one who was at Makerere University. I said to him that since you are a serious computer wizard/Scientist, please make for us one computer. Up to now, he has never gotten back to me.
This is because the pre-colonial education trains children to use other people’s computers rather than making their own. In light of this year’s theme and the pandemic effects, it is the time for teachers to reimagine the future and lead us through this crisis.
Speaking about the Pandemic, in the 7 months that we have had it, I have not heard that a child has died from the Coronavirus. Some may have got pregnant which is indeed terrible, but at least they did not die, death is irreversible.
What worries me however is the consistent complacency by our people, now that we are opening schools, I call upon the transporters to observe SOPs such that our dear children can be transported safely.
To everyone in Uganda, please be inspectors of COVID compliance in the transport sector. If someone is not following the regulations, you can boycott them. All this is to protect our children.
Teachers should also be careful as they move from home to school. I would suggest that if it is possible, schools can have the arrangement to accommodate teachers at school since there will be enough space as only candidate classes will be using the school.
Meanwhile, for the rest of the children home, every family will get a radio to enable long-distance learning. I know many have lambasted this program, yes it might not be perfect, but has some advantages, for instance; One good teacher can be shared by many students who were not in his school. Also, it is better than dying.
That said, I think Uganda is number 1 in the whole world in the fight against COVID 19 according to me.
LANCET was comparing Uganda to South Korea. We have land borders which are difficult to manage yet South Korea is surrounded by water and North Korea where no one can cross to and from there.
I thank you.”
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