Uganda: Students Forced to Read Museveni’s Mustard Seed Book

Museveni at the launch of his book

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The Education ministry has directed heads teachers of government-aided secondary schools to get their students to read President Museveni’s book, Sowing the Mustard Seed.It is the first time in recent history that the ministry is asking schools to have their students read a book that was first printed in 1997.

Through a May 2 directive to the school heads, the ministry says availing the books to the schools and thus the students would enlighten the students about Uganda’s history.

And that would “lay a firm foundation for responsible citizenship”.

“You are required to ensure the book is readily available to students and you are urged to encourage students to read the book.”

Secondary school students are spoilt for choice when it comes to books about their place in society.

For example, they could read the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995.

Part XXIX of the Constitution spells out the duties of the citizens of Uganda.

One of the roles is to be patriotic and loyal to Uganda.

In 2009, the government encouraged many secondary schools to start patriotism clubs.

The government would in 2014 follow this up with a month-long training for Form Six leavers.

The other duty of the citizens is to contribute to the well-being of the community where they live.That the government has chosen not to stock the libraries of government-aided schools with copies of Uganda’s Constitution but Mr Museveni’s book is telling.

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Mr Museveni rewrote the book, editing out the names and contribution of the people he was with during the bush war but has since fallen out with.


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