By Uganda Vanguard
KAMPALA – Old Kampala Old Students Association (OKOSA) are to reunite early next month to launch a fundraising drive worthy billions of shillings to build a kilometer perimeter wall to protect it from land grabbers and renovate Old Kampala Senior Secondary School (OKSSS), one of the oldest education giants in Uganda. The school was started in 1932 to train Indian clerical staff for the British, it later turned in OKSSS.
According to Mr Buruhani Nasuru, the chairman, OKOSA, the event on June 1st, 2019 is to start with a charity walk to be flagged off by business tycoon Dr Sudhir Ruparelia as the chief walk from Makerere University ending at the school.
“The First Lady and Minister of Education Sports Janet Museveni is expected as chief guest as we will be unveiling a detailed budget for building the perimeter wall, uplift the face of the school, re-equip the computer and book libraries among other developments,” he said.
We have also invited Rwanda President Paul Kagame through the ambassador (Major Frank Mugambagye) but we are yet to get feedback, Mr Nasuru told journalists Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Mr Mulomi James, the headmaster, Old Kampala Senior Secondary School said so far management has only got cost for the perimeter wall.
“The board came up with short and long term plans. The 1.2 kilometer wall fence is to cost Shs1.3 million per meter making a total cost of Shs1.3 billion,” he said. Adding, “So far we only have Shs60 million as school management and we expect the balance from the old students.”
Commenting on the academics of the school, Mr Mulomi said, “We have a total population of 1200 students. At ‘O’ Level we have a pass rate of 25 percent and ‘A’ Level at 70 percent due to financial contains. With the good interventions of the old students, we hope for better performance and increase the capacity to 3000 students.”
Mr Isingoma Albert Cook, the publicity secretary, OKOSA said they have invited Rwanda President Paul Kagama as an old student among other Uganda Peoples Defense Force generals and high profile civil servants.
“We also plan to award former students, teachers and none teaching staff. The event is to be spiced up by a tag of war, football and a race between the students and old students,” he said.
Isingoma hailed Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for an offer worth Shs460 million to replace the roofs of blocks of the school as part of activities to mark the reunion celebrations.