Kabalega Students in Photo.
Kabalega Secondary School Old Boys Association (KASSOBA) has renovated the school’s library at a cost of 20 million says Tonny Richard Mugenyi, the chairperson KASSOBA also chief Materials engineer in the Ministry of works.
“Every year in October we have a retreat as an association for the old boys were we sit and agree on the things to be done. This was one of the things we agreed to do when we sat last year in October. So far 90% of the work has been done but we have been disturbed by Corona virus pandemic but when the situation normalizes we are going to complete the remaining work and hand it over to the school management” explained Mugenyi.
Mugenyi says they also need to renovate Bikunya house one of the dormitories for Kabalega secondary school. “Government promised to give us some money but we are going to pick from there and also give in a hand” He said.
“We sat and developed a master plan of how Kabalega secondary school should look like in the 20 years. We were OBs from different professionals like the engineers, environmentalists, Physical planners, plumbers among others”, Noted Mugenyi.
KASSOBA also bought 30 computers for the school, stocked the school library with 500 text books, bought a school band and desks.
In 2018, KASSOBA also organized a three days health camp at Kabalega secondary school grounds whereby hundreds of people received free health care services including; Cancer screening, HIV testing, family planning services, safe male circumcision, health education among others which was conducted by Doctors who studied at Kabalega Secondary school
Mugenyi adds that there plan is to have a similar health camp this year noting that many people benefited from the previous one and many are approaching them re to organize another one.
He also says that as KASSOBA they also have an investment for all OBS called Kabalega Investment group which acts as a platform where all OBs save money adding that so far they have shs. 50 million as savings.
“Our idea is to become a micro finance or a bank”, Mugenyi explained.
He also says that as an Association they also have a scholarship scheme where they sponsor bright but needy children who can’t proceed with education due to financial constraints adding that so far five children have benefited under the programme in the district.
According to Mugenyi KASSOBA is a platform which started way back in the 1980s noting that it was affected by the war in the mid-1980s and ended up collapsing. He also notes that it was resurrected in 2010 but had had many problems.
“We have tried to immunize these challenges by having the working constitution, committees and chapters where our OBs work from which include; Masindi chapter, Kampala, Hoima, Northern Uganda and in the Disapora like United Kingdom (UK), Rwanda and Kenya”, said Mugenyi.
Kabalega secondary is the only surviving traditional school which is still at the peak in Bunyoro sub region compared to other traditional schools like Sit Tito Winyi and Duhanga secondary schools.
Andrew Tumwesige, the head teacher Kabalega secondary school, says that KASSOBA members are so much concerned with the issues of academics at the school adding that they involved them in the school’s management and they are well represented at the Board of Governors (BoG) since they are key stake holders.
He added that the school library which was built in the 1960s was dilapidated saying that with KASSOBA’s efforts it is going to be the best at school.
He also noted that as the a school, they received over Shs. 300 million from compensation by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) for the land they lost due to the construction of Kigumba-Masindi-Hoima Kyenjojo road.
“As Kabalega SS we need to acquire more than 100 acres of land where we can start an income generating activity for the school. We have realized that we spend 70% of the schhol’s budget on purchasing food for both students and the staff but this can be addressed if we had our own farm”, said Tumwesige.
“Currently we have 14 heads of cattle but we need to expand it and also expand other projects like poultry. We need to create wealth and also teach students modern methods of farming and I am optimistic that we are going to achieve it after acquiring land”, He explained.