Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera, the Senior Presidential Advisor on political affairs and Chancellor of Kabale University, has appealed to government to turn Kigezi College Butobere, one of oldest boys’ secondary schools in the country into a mixed school.
Prof Kagonyera, one of the pioneer students at the school highlighted the need to allow girls’ enrolment at the school which he said would improve campus discipline, academic excellence and help revive its past glory.
Kagonyera made the call on Saturday while speaking at Kigezi College’s 60th anniversary at the school campus in Butobere ward in the Central Division of Kabale municipality.
Kigezi College better known as Siniya, is still trying to find its feet after years of rapid collapse of its reputation, which led to the drop in its population to just 200 students from over 1500.
The drop has repeatedly been attributed largely to student indiscipline and constant strikes.
Kagonyera proposal to bring in girls however, was not welcomed by all stakeholders at the event.
Isaiah Kanyamahane, the school’s chairman board of governors dismissed Kagonyera’s assumption that single sex school students are harder to control.
He stressed that the rich history of the school would be greatly affected girls were allowed in.
Hon Andrew Baryayanga the Kabale Municipality MP who is also an old boy said students’ indiscipline is not necessarily because a school is single sex, adding that it is matter of good leadership from the administration.
“There is this notion that the Basiniya are untouchable; that they don’t die and when they die they don’t rot! That needs to be addressed by the administration first,” he said.
Kigezi College Butobere was started in 1956 by the colonial government to train young people who would eventually take over civil and political leadership, upon the independence of Uganda.
Other such schools are Ntare School in Mbarara, Nyakasura School in Kabarole, Tororo College and Tororo Girls, Teso College Aloit, Obote College Boroboro, Busoga College Mwiri and Kapchorwa College.
Last year a move by the Anglican Diocese of North Kigezi wanted to change Makobore High School in Rukungiri to a mixed school a move that was blocked by old boys.