Saturday August 30 2014

Sports Schools going to waste

By Sande Bashaija

KAMPALA. Sports Schools of Excellence established in 2011 to resuscitate the struggling sector have turned into white elephants. According to German technical expert Gunter Lange, the 32 secondary schools, identified by the Ministry of Education and Sports to nurture talent, have not been utilised by local federations.
Under the arrangement, federations are supposed to identify talented athletes and teachers (coaches) and ask the ministry to post them in schools earmarked for particular sports disciplines.

No talent identified
This, the German noted, is primarily meant to keep talented kids in school and help them pursue a double career (education and sports).
“Up to now, no federation has identified a talented athlete and handed them to the ministry,” Lange said while facilitating the second National Sports Development Action Plan workshop at Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) last week.
“I can assure you, if you continue ignoring this venture, it is going to die,” he told federation officials attending the workshop.
“The ministry is ready to take this project to the next level but you are not helping at all. As a result, we just have 32 white elephants in Uganda.” The German implored federations to work hand in hand with education institutions at all levels in order to develop sports.

Sports Schools of Excellence

Sebei College, Tegeres
Nabumali High School
St Peter’s College, Tororo
Tororo Girls Secondary
Jinja Secondary School
Iganga Secondary
Kibuli Secondary School
Namilyango College
Nabisunsa Girls
Gombe Secondary
Trinity College, Nabbingo
Ndejje Secondary
St Henry’s College, Kitovu
Duhaga Secondary
St Andrea Kahwa, Hoima
Nyakasura School
St Leo’s Kyegobe
Ntare School
Maryhill High School
Bweranyangi Girls
Kigezi College, Butobere
Immaculate Heart, Nyakibale
Mbale School for the Deaf
Kangole Girls, Napak