By our reporter
Thousands of people on Saturday thronged Rushoroza hill in Kabale municipality to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of St. Mary’s College Rushoroza.
The event which was presided over by the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni saw over Shs.170 million raised towards the upgrading of the school.
The President contributed Shs.30 million while the Vietnamese consular and renowned businessman, Augustus Ceaser Mulenga bought the President’s portrait at Shs.100 million.
Addressing the congregation, Rugunda hailed church founded schools in the country for ensuring quality education in the country.
He asked students to bear good discipline that will make them successful in future.
“As young people, you ought to be disciplined while in school. This is the only sure way you shall be prosperous in future because apart from academic excellence, your character defines who you will be,” said Rugunda.
Speaking at the same function, David Bahati, the state minister for Finance and planning asked youth to be vigilant against HIV/AIDS.
“You need to realise that HIV/AIDS still exists and it is a serious threat to your lives especially the youth. Please take care of your lives,” said Bahati.
The State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysestom Muyingo hailed the school for producing hardworking and disciplined citizens that have helped the country in development.
He asked stakeholders of the school to promote values of honesty, hard-work and Christianity principles that have helped it to succeed.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale district Chairperson who is an old boy of the school said that the school taught him qualities that have enabled him to be a good leader.
“I was in Rushoroza from 1984-1991 and during my time I was among the most vulnerable learners but because of the good values I picked here, I am able to lead the district,” said Keihwa.
According to Remegio Byamukama, the school head teacher, the school was started by the Catholic Church as a private school and it transformed from a junior school to a secondary school. It was later taken over by government in 1970.
Byamukama said that the school has registered massive success in academics, sports and co-curricular activities since its start.
He however said that the school still struggles with infrastructural challenges that need to be addressed for them to achieve their desired goals.
“We still lack enough classrooms and accommodation for the ever increasing numbers of students. Our water supply is still insufficient to handle the community,” he said.
Jimmy Musiime, one of the pioneer students who joined the school for Ordinary level in 1967 when it was starting said that a lot has changed and thus there is a reason to celebrate.
Musiime credited the school for imparting life skills in him that have helped him in being a self-reliant and hardworking man.
Fr. Luciano Arineitwe, the Kabale Dioecesan Education secretary hailed the school for emphasising complete education in its 50 years of service.
The school since inception has had 11 head teachers starting with Paul Ruhangalinda (1967), Michael Kajura (1967-1969), Audax Kamara (1969-1970), Gordon Brawshaw (1970-1973), Lazarus Kabasharira (1973-1980), Bernard Bazirake (1980-1989), Damian Bitarabeho (1989-1996), Tobias Ndyanabangi (1996-1999), Ignatius Ntungwa (1999-2001), Amos Ruhumuliza (2001-2010) and Remigio Byamukama (2010-to date).