Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba has officiated at the commissioning of a new school block in the Eastern district of Serere.
This was yesterday when she represented Rt Hon Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the commissioning of Ajoba Primary School classroom block built by the Japanese embassy.
While speaking at the launch, Nabakooba said the commission articulates the NRM’s agenda of enrolling more pupils in school.
For instance, she said that through UPE, enrolment rose from a mere 2 million to 7 million pupils. According to Nabakooba, the NRM Government has always prioritised education and that it was for this reason that UPE was introduced in 1997.
Nabakooba thanked and congratulated Hon Andoa for leading the process that put in place the classroom block.
“Now that we have reopened, we need to continue to observe SOPs,” Nabakooba said, adding that the new classroom blocks are great, but the most important thing she said is to ensure that “learning is taking place inside these walls”
Nabakooba said Covid 19 affected schooling, but explained that the main reason why “we locked down schools was to save lives.”
“And indeed lives were saved,” Nabakooba said, noting that the responsibility to save lives also lie in the hands of the head teacher and the district leadership.
As such, she said that it will be important to ensure that teachers are in class and teaching and that students are learning.
Nabakooba also asked parents to establish communication links with the school and the learners.
According to Nabakooba, government can only achieve the NRM manifesto and the NDP through education.
She pledged to write a report and hand it over to the Prime Minister highlighting the challenges faced by the school.
The minister thanked the ambassador for the continued support extended to government in the various districts through health and education sectors since 1992.