In the early  70s the then President Idi Amin Dada had initiate the teaching of kiswahili in schools and proposed that it could be used as the  national language.However with time trhis materially did not work as people had negative attitude towards the language. Most people persieved it as language used by thieves(bayaye) therefore many shunned away fro it.

The coming in  of President Obote he also raised the same issue but with less emphasis.

Going back to Senteza Kajubis repeort it was empasesd that kiswahili should be taught in secondary schools and tertiary institutions. This was not enough.

Sighting the East African community it implicated that atleast everyone should have a background of kiswahili language.

The Ministry came up with idea of training Primary Teachers Kiswahili as an inependent Subject so that intern kiswahili be officially taught in primary schools and be examined . So far so good the Curruculum  is out ant the first lot to be  examined will be the first years of 2013 in their pre-promotional exams then the first lot to be passed out will be of 2014.

We have also moved ahead that some primary schools are already piloting the subject.

Now that we are on board with internet we shall teach others simple basics of the language.

Writer:Mutenyo Aidah

Colleagues, I have been attending an Information and Communication Technologies Course at ITCT Africa in Kamwokya. I have discovered that, as teachers, we need to style up if we are to meet the challenges of education today.

There is urgent need to embrace what is known as 'Collaborative Learning'. Collaborative Learning involves the formation of teams of persons with similar objectives but in different geographical locations. These people are linked by the internet into one team that can be able to accomplish a set objective. The team, at different locations, uses the internet as a link to enable them share and modulate information. You will notice that people in different geographical areas have different experiences, abilities, cultures and the like.

Teachers in Africa need to explore Collaborative Learning/Teaching techniques so that they can be able to exploit the rich resource of the internet. Look at it this way teachers:

  • The children we teach are born into this generation of computers and mobile phones. In fact they are referred to as "Digital Natives' because they were born when computers and related It equipment is in regular use. Compare this to us, the adults, who were born before computers became very popular and they found us here. In fact we are referred to as 'Digital Immigrants' - we immigrated into the digital age.
  • The children we teach are no longer of our old stock that would the teacher's word as the Bible truth. In my school days, the teacher only would have a text book at his table. He reads and then passes the information onto to the learners. wrong or right or misinterpreted, nobody would dare question. We would just ingest - garbage and substance. Children these days, ask, challenge, inform, negotiate, offer alternatives to the teacher. This can be very challenging. For this reason, children these days are said to be of the Generation Y or what some people call dotcom children.

School administrators need to invest in the acquisition of IT equipment to enable their learners explore the rich depths of the resource of the collaborative power behind the internet.

I thank ITCT Africa for this exposure.



School dropout in Uganda is at its apex. This is so because of a number of problems. A few of these problems may be;

1. Failure of parents to pay school fees.

2. Un employment on the side of parents.

3. Embezzlement of public funds meant for education by government workers.

4. Corporal punishments at schools administered by teachers.

All these and others have contributed to the high rate of school drop out in Uganda there by leaving the population illiterate.  What then should the governments do? Heads of state should work hand in hand with the stake holders to avoid this. But in cases where education is not given the priority, education is bound to fail.

Time is up now for the international community to help people in Africa, fight the corrupt governments that have no love for the education of their nations. Educate the nation and its people will prosper in all the aspects., economic, political and social.

It is a great honor to talk about education.Education is a way to go and a success in life in order  to become the person you want be in future. You can not become that person without an  education background. However much you have lots of money without education, you will never be respected by the people around you. Parents and guardians, take your children to school so that you can be proud of who they are and what they have become. With Education and prayers from our parents, everything is possible.



The name  SHIMONI was given by Indian traders  who first settled on Shimoni island  in the southern part of Mombasa.

In 1931 the Uganda railway reached Kampala with it came the Indians and when the work was complete some remained to trade and they settled in a place in Kampala and  named it SHIMONI  in memory of the place they once lived in

Shimoni Core PTC started in 1952 as a Teachers’ Training College, located off Nile Avenue. In 1996 it became a Core PTC, in charge of coordinating centres in Mukono, Kayunga, Wakiso and Kampala. Following its relocation in 2006, students were sent to St John Bosco Nyondo Core PTC campus in Mbale.

On 5th - Jan- 2011  the new site located at Kira town council was commissioned by 
Hon Geraldine  Namirembe Bitamazire   Minister of education and sports.