By: Gertrude Mutyaba
Lwengo: At 45, the chairperson of Malongo Sub-county in Lwengo District is proud of finishing his first level of formal education after scoring aggregate 17.
Mr Kuraish Ssekalema spent most of the weekend receiving guests at his home congratulating him upon his performance. The father of 12, who sat the exams from St Kizito Primary School Kayikorongo, also had four of his children pass the exams.
Mr Ssekalema left school in 1985 while in Primary Three, a decision he regrets.
The 45-year-old says he decided to return to school after being criticised for his low level of formal education when he joined politics.
In 2010, Mr Ssekalema enrolled to St Kizito, a UPE school which has now led to this success.
“This is now proof that UPE schools provide very good academic teaching,” he said. He attributes his performance to revising with his children who performed better than he did.
Mr Ssekalema is not deterred as he hopes to join O’ level andhopes to get President Museveni’s support.
“President Museveni is aware of my academic plans because I told him when he visited us some years ago. He promised to help me with tuition fees if I do well,” he said.
The coffee trader says his main ambition is to do business better.