HOIMA, UGANDA: Victoria Rusoke, the state Minister for Local Government has urged parents to invest in education so as to enhance their economic development.
The Minister made the remarks while officiating the 6th graduation at Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery in Hoima city where 675 students were awarded National certificates in Nursing and Midwifery respectively.
“To you the graduands, you should aim high, go further studies and those whose parents can not afford to pay tuition for a diploma, there is a students’ loan scheme which was introduced by the government of Uganda, so am advising you to apply for these loans so that you can upgrade,” Rusoke said.
Mark Kalanzi the Managing Director of Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery says since the institution began in 2010 they have managed to graduate over 1980 students.
“But am worried by several challenges at the school like insufficient building structures to accommodate the increasing number of students admitted annually, right now some students are still residing outside the school”. Kalanzi said.
He added that the school is seating on 5 acres of land, but they have insufficient funds to develop the vacant land.
“Our Tutors are paid little salaries, and also the support given to us by the ministry of education and Sports can not enable us to run the day-to-day activities of the school smoothly and this compelled us to recruit limited staff”. Kalanzi added.
Meanwhile Samuel Kisembo Araali the Hoima city RCC warned graduands to utilize the skills at work as they are going to serve the country.
“The ministry of health is facing a challenge of some medical workers who are not showing their skills at work whereby some are stealing drugs from government health facilities and others mistreating patients and corruption hence hindering service delivery in the health sector”. Kisembo said.
Speaking on behalf of the PTA of the school, Bernadette Plan the chairperson thanked the government for the support given to the school but asked the ministry of education to allow the institution to start training Nurses and Midwives at a diploma level.
“Sofer in Bunyoro region, there is no Nursing institution which trainee nurses at a diploma level and this is a great challenge to parents and students”.
In her response to the mentioned challenges, Minister Rusoke promised to forward them to the ministry of education so as to be worked upon.
At the same function, the Minister commissioned the construction of the 3.4 billion Male Hostel.