Pubdate: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
Source: New Vision (Uganda)
Copyright: 2013 New Vision
Author: Pascal Kwesiga


The Minister in charge of general duties in the Office of the Prime
Minister, Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere, has praised teachers for their role
in nurturing children and asked them to fight drug use in schools.

He made the remarks while passing out 618 head teachers of secondary
schools and heads of teacher-training institutions at Merryland High
School in Entebbe yesterday.

The ceremony marked the end of the National Patriotism Corps Retreat.
Kabwegyere noted that there is increasing consumption of drugs in schools.

He observed that teachers, whom he described as transmitters of
knowledge, need to take a lead in the fight against drug abuse in
institutions of learning.

"Drug use has penetrated our schools to the extent that some of the
teachers are involved," Kabwegyere added.

He praised teachers for the role they play in nurturing people in
communities and asked them to try to be exemplary to their pupils.
Kabwegyere amused the teachers when he said he stopped smoking after
he found his former student smoking a pipe in Kenya.

The minister said when he asked his former student why he was smoking,
he (the former student) replied that he was trying to be like him.

"From that time I struggled and stopped smoking," Kabwegyere

The commissioner for national patriotism clubs, Lt. Col. Henry Masiko,
said head teachers, who completed the two-week retreat, were drawn
from government and private secondary schools across the country.

He explained that the training, which is the fifth of its kind, aimed
at equipping head teachers and heads of teacher-training institutions
with patriotism values to facilitate the smooth functioning of
patriotism clubs in their schools.

Masiko said the Ministry of Education has directed all schools in the
country to integrate patriotism clubs in the annual school calendar as
an extra co-curricular activity.

He said since the clubs were launched by President, Yoweri Museveni in
2009, patriotism has greatly contributed to children and teachers'
knowledge on the role of patriotism in promoting love, harmony and
development in the country.

The teachers hailed the Government for launching the patriotism
programme and pledged to impart patriotism values into children.
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