Political Interference and Mismanagement Blamed for Declining Kigezi School Standards

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Retired education officers debate the cause of declining education standards in Kigezi.

A retired senior school administrator has said mismanagement and political interference are the cause of declining education standards in the Kigezi region.
In the 1960s and 1970s the region boasted of having some of the best schools in Uganda. Kigezi High School and Kigezi College Butobere competed with top schools in the country. Today there are shadows of their glorious past.
Jack Bebwa, an alumnus of Kigezi College Butobere, recalls the days when the best students in the country came from his school. He says the academic standard has since declined so much because instead of using the facilities it had to improve the school, its few resources were taken away.
Johnson Bwana, the mathematics head of department at Butobere in the 1790s, recalls when the school started its downfall.  He says Namirembe Bitamazire transferred him and 11 of his colleagues.
At the time Bitamazire was a senior education officer in charge of discipline.
Bwana says the transfer was arbitrary, prompted by a small disagreement between the headmaster and the staff.  He says that news of their unfair transfer sullied the reputation of the school.
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Johnson Bwana says the fate of schools like Butobere was experienced across Kigezi. He says the situation was made worse by political interference, which started from President Idi Amin’s government.
Bwana says the political interference has continued today. He explains that although it is not as direct as before, there are subtle interferences like the over-segregation of the country into smaller and smaller districts that don’t have funds to finance educational activities.

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Ibrahim Begumisa, the former education officer in Kabale, Mpigi and Kabarole, says blaming government for all the problems in Kigezi schools is wrong.  He says government has purchased textbooks for the schools and built laboratories and schools, but simple mismanagement challenges mean the region cannot excel as much as other parts of the country.
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Begumisa asks government to consider paying special attention to the Kigezi Schools to improve their performance.