The ministry of Education and Sports has banned religious bodies from constructing mosques and churches in public schools.
This directive follows a number of land disputes between KCCA, Religious Institutions and the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Tony Lusambu the commissioner in charge of Primary schools has revealed that the ban will not affect schools founded by religious bodies but will only affect religious centers founded in government owned schools.
“If the land or school is owned by a fundermental body, we have no say about the construction of places of worship as long as the foundation body and the school’s management committee agree, we have no say. Our concern is schools that belong to the government.”
The ministy’s move is to stop religious institutions from constructing places of worship in government owned schools as it is currently dealing with cases where Religious bodies have built places of worship on government owned land.
“We already have cases where religious sects have built churches or mosques on land that does not belong to them.”
Paul Kakooza, head of Education Church of Uganda has interpreted the ministy’s move as an attempt to secularize Uganda’s education. “If this is true, this is not a good indication of government. It means we are going towards secularism. We need to produce people with religious values. For a long time, government has worked together with religious institutions.