Makerere University is set to hold the second lecture in memory of late Prof William Ssenteza Kajubi this week on November 2019 at the University’s second teaching facility (CTF2).
The Memorial Lecture is in honour of Prof. Kajubi, a renowned scholar that led the committee that formulated policies for Uganda Primary Education.
He also served twice as Makerere University Vice Chancellor from 1977 to 1979 and 1990 to 1993 before going to Nkumba University where he served in the same position from 1994 to 2008.
He later passed on in May 2012 at the age of 86 years after he fell in the bathroom inside his house in Bugolobi, a Kampala surburb.
This year’s memorial lecture will be based on the theme; ‘Fostering the quality of education’.
Rev. Canon Dr. John Ssenyonyi, the Vice Chancellor, Uganda Christian University (UCU) is expected to deliver a keynote address on the theme.
During a press briefing held to announce the lecture, Dr. Tom Darlington Balojja, a lecturer at the College of Education and External Studies, Makerere University said the lecture will be a platform for academicians, policy makers and students to discuss the status of Uganda’s education sector including achievements, challenges and way forwards as they aim to streamline the sector to make it more effective.
“Prof Kajjubi is remembered for contributing significantly to the shaping of the education system in Uganda through the advocacy, policy formulation and leadership. A lecture in his name is well deserved and will serve as a routine check up on the education sector that the professor worked so hard for,”Dr Balojja said.
Dr. Michael Walimbwa, from the college of Education and External Studies, who is on the organizing committee praised Prof Ssenteza Kajubi implored the government to review the education system for improved quality of education in the country.
Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke, The University’s acting Communications manager asked Ugandans to appreciate the universal education system that Professor Kajubi took part in formulation, noting that although it might have its challenges. It has been one of the biggest educational successes for Uganda.
“The most important skill for any human being is to be able to read and write which the UPE program has largely achieved. Instead of always criticizing it, we can try to make it better by emphasizing quality since we have already achieved quantity.
About 500 people are expected to attend the lecture, where John Chrysestom Muyingo, the minister of state for education in charge of higher education, is expected to be the guest of honor.