By Martha Nakimuli
Luganda teachers have been urged to promote the Kingdom’s image and to be proud of their job.
The call has been made by Buganda’s Minister of Education and Sports, Dr. Fred Masagzi Masaazi .Masaazi says that Luganda Teachers should firmly support and promote the Kingdom’s image.
The minister was speaking at a meeting with Luganda teachers in his office at Bulange, Mengo where he stressed the need for Luganda teachers to be very proud of their job and at the same time be proud their culture as they exercise their duties.
Masagazi expressed gratitude to see that the central government has written to Katikkiro Eng. J.B. Walusimbi aborting the banning of native languages from the schools’ curriculum as it had been earlier arranged.
Mid last year, government through the National Curriculum Development Center had proposed banning of native languages from primary four level which was intended to give way to foreign languages like Swahili, French and Arabic among other languages.
This did not go down well with many people especially in Buganda who opposed the proposal which they saw as an infringement to students’ rights regarding their mother tongues.
Masagazi observed that the move by government to abort this ban has brought hope to many people especially here in Buganda and urged Luganda teachers to help their students in understanding the language not only for examination purposes but to also bring out the cultural part of it to the students.
Dr. Mulumba one of the participants and a Luganda teacher at Makerere University stressed that as Luganda teachers, they will continue with their struggle of promoting Luganda despite the challenges in form of intimidation.
Dr. Mulumba added that as Luganda teachers, they are planning on going to the constitutional court for a clear interpretation on the teaching of native languages within schools in Uganda.