By Kampala Sun writer
Mixed reactions have greeted a directive by the Ministry of Education and Sports to have all head teachers of all government-aided secondary schools to make President Museveni’s book ‘Sowing the Mustard Seed’ ‘readily available’ to all students and teachers.
A statement by Ministry of Education & Sports, details that President Museveni donated copies of his book to be distributed in government aided schools in a move aimed at ‘enlightening school going youth about ‘our national history which is critical to laying a firm foundation for responsible citizenship’.
‘Why now? It is pointless. Is it going to be on the literature syllabus? What is the relevance of Museveni’s story to the syllabus? How will it improve grades of students in Abim, Amudat or other poor performing districts? I think it is an ill-advised suggestion. From teaching patriotism to this!” a one Carlton lamented.
There were the optimists too. A one Rosette Love says that it is a great initiative. “That’s great. This guy’s story can be so inspiring to the young ones most especially those from a poor back ground. From NOTHING to GLORY…..I don’t see any problem with that after all we promote foreigners why not our own,” she opined.
She reveals that Nigerians and South Africans plus the Germans have it on their syllabus.
“It’s also been on the Swedish and British system for many years. Love M7,” she wrote.
According to the directive, all government aided schools will receive at least two copies of ‘Sowing the Mustard Seed’.