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Church steps in to save Busoga’s dwindling academic performance

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Church steps in to save Busoga’s dwindling academic performance

Christ's Cathedral Bugembe

Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe

Busoga diocesan council has unanimously resolved to establish strong boards of directors for its education institutions with the view to lifting the worsening educational performance.

The resolution was arrived at during a diocesan council meeting chaired by the Diocesan Bishop at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe last week after several members complained about the dwindling standards of education in church of Uganda founded schools.

Information from a recent meeting by officials reveals that the diocesan officials will become more vigilant with supervision and monitoring of church founded schools in order to regain their former glory.

The new supervisors will effectively operate in cooperation with archdeaconaries, parishes and other stakeholders to ensure promotion of quality education.

The new boards will have the mandate to mobilize adequate funds from any possible sources to support education programs and administrative units.

According to the chairman Busoga Diocesan Education Board (BDEB) Dr Frank Nabwiso the boards will also be tasked to create strong relationships with the new dioceses of Central Busoga and East Busoga, especially their education departments such that they collectively draw up a joint education agenda to address the escalating education crisis in the region.

The diocesan council further recommended that the diocesan education board embarks on vigorous monitoring of all government aided church founded schools to ensure all the grants and facilitation from government for construction of buildings are appropriately, efficiently and expeditiously used.

According to a summarized report presented to the council by Dr. Nabwiso, for the period

March 2014 to April 2015, there is need for the Diocese to remain vigilant on supervision and monitoring of church founded schools in order to regain their former glory.

“There is need to prepare a detailed report of education sector for the coming education boards in the new dioceses and proposals on how the new dioceses will assert their authorities on the educational institutions in their respective areas” Dr Nabwiso said.

Fred Kasisa, an educationist and member of the diocesan council had earlier decried the distant relationship between the church and her schools saying the Diocese is not being charismatic on management of its institutions.

The diocesan officer in charge of education, Rev. James Kivunike said that they have now ordered all Diocesan founded institutions to compile brief histories that capture important land marks including people who have enormously and generously contributed to their success.

“We have started analysing all the explanations underlying the poor performance at all levels of education in Busoga and office of the Speaker of Parliament and other leaders in education sector in Busoga are handling that” he added.

The new found attention to the region’s education performance comes in the wake of UNEB final examination results for 2014 that showed that the region recorded very poor performance compared to how it performed in recent years.

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