Friday June 6 2014

I hawked pancakes to raise school fees, says minister



Information and National Guidance minister Rose Namayanja has emphasised the need for people, regardless of their background, to have hope if they are to succeed in life.

Ms Namayanja said she comes from a very humble background and was compelled to hawk pancakes in order to raise money for school fees. “Being poor or rich is not genetic. Everyone here is bound to succeed in life so long as you set targets,” Ms Namayanja said.

“Take my example, I would always help my mother to sell pan cakes in Luweero but this did not divert me from reading since I knew education would help me become somebody important in future and indeed I am,” she said.

Call to the girls
The minister was on Monday addressing students of Wanyange Girls School as part of a national guidance programme that she recently came up with to give guidance to students.

She challenged the girls to avoid fornication, saying it will distract them from pursuing their education and realising the bright future that lies ahead of them.

The students asked the minister to compel government to offer money to the school for renovation and to replace the asbestos roofings they said were dangerous to their health.