Thursday August 21 2014

Museveni’s obsession with sciences not helpful

By Paulo Mulangira

President Museveni recently mocked universities offering Arts courses saying they are useless in economic development of the country.

However, the television footage showed one conspicuous figure seated next to the President who was visibly not amused with the President’s insensitive remark - the Bishop of Luweero, Evans Kisekka.
The bishop deals with religion, which aims at inculcating moral and spiritual values in society.

This is the foundation of character development institutionalised in every country, to solve the spiritual emptiness fast engulfing society.

Corruption at high places, child sacrifice, low quality education, adultery, murder, sectarianism, among others, cannot be solved by this science obsession.

It is for this reason that the broad aims of education in this country, among others, emphasises humanities to allow the country examine its national consciousness and ethos to help formulate policies that shape the country’s destiny.

Museveni added that Arts courses are useless because the graduates have no tangible ideas.

This irony never ceases to amaze since Museveni’s government is manned by men and women who studied Arts.

Museveni himself read political science, his vice president and prime minister studied law.

I am not sure whether Jessica Alupo, the Education minister, is a scientist. Is the President suggesting that his advisers and compatriots have no tangible ideas to develop the country?

Another puzzle is; there are some bush war heroes who neither studied Arts nor sciences. Where, your Excellency, do you place some of these people whom you honour annually with expensive fanfare as heroes whose wonderful ideas saved Uganda from disintegration?

What is surprising is that Ms Alupo who was present when the President made the remarks, cannot advise Mr Museveni about the necessity of running a dual curriculum –Arts and sciences – in the country.