By Francis Jjunju

St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School Naggalama on March 18th  celebrated 50 years of existence as one of the successful academic institutions not only in Lugazi diocese Mukono district but also in the entire country.

The Golden Jubilee has come with great achievements,a three storied boys dormitory that can accommodate over 260 students, a new ultra -modern dining hall still under construction and the student’s enrollment has hit over 1000.

The celebrations started with the Eucharistic celebration led by the Bishop of Lugazi diocese Rt. Rev. Christopher Kakooza who noted three points in any jubilee; to reflect on the past, give gratitude to God and make commitment to protect the successes.

Bishop Kakooza hailed the school administration led by Mrs Agnes Nsubuga for fulfilling their call of nurturing the young generation urging them to emulate St. Joseph husband to Mary for his commitment to prayer, work and care for his family and child.

The state minister for higher education Dr.J.C.Muyingo a former head teacher of the school noted with pride the achievements of the school especially producing an all round student who have become prominent and responsible citizens in this country.

He called on private schools to charge reasonable fees to enable all children access quality education. Schools with reasonable piece of land should use it productively to produce food and other necessities to reduce on the expenses.

This was after the chairperson board Josephine Ochama who challenged government to allow parents participate in the consultations about the school fees charges because their contributions have assisted in developing the schools.

The head teacher Mrs Agnes Nsubuga hailed the Catholic Church for giving her opportunity to exercise her profession, the parents, the board and PTA for their enormous support that St. Joseph’s Naggalama can pride among the top 10 schools in Uganda.

Bishop Emeritus of Lugazi Rt. Rev. Matthias Ssekamanya called parents to educate a child through such schools and urged government to discuss with founding school bodies in case of any need if they want to promote quality eduction.

The Chief guest the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi hailed the Catholic Church for its assistance in extending social services to Ugandans more so in academics but called on Parents to take children to school and monitor them and assist teachers on nurturing them than abandoning them.

Ssekandi commended the head teacher who has done a lot in maintaining and putting up more infrastructures that has helped the school to become one of the best in the country for quality education.

He donated four million shillings to the school.

He presided over the award of prizes to distinguished members who have assisted the schools saying the hand shake has been historical in appreciation for the good work done but it has been wrongly perceived.

Those awarded included the late Fr. Henry Sempala the founder of the school, Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Mrs Kiyingi and Mr. Banaziza, Dr.J.C Muyingo and Bishop Christopher Kakooza who served as a principal in 1983 when he was still a deacon among others.

The celebrations were graced by Bishops Emeritus of Lugazi and that of Kasana Luweero Rt. Reverends Matthias Ssekamanya and Paul Ssemogerere, NRM secretary general Kasule Lumumba an old student, State Minister for higher education Dr. J.C.Muyingo and the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as the guest of honour.