By Kabuye Ronald
In a bid to inspire and interest the young generations about the goodness and importance of education, Makerere University College of Education and External Studies has organized the memorial lecture for the former twice Vice chancellor Makerere University and celebrated educationist the late. Prof. William Senteza Kajubi on Thursday 14th this month.
The memorial lecture will be held at Makerere University CTF1 building under the theme “fostering quality education in Uganda” and the key note presentation will be delivered by Rev. Canon Dr. John Ssenyonyi, the vice chancellor Uganda Christian University before its discussed by the audience.
According to the chairperson Organizing Committee for the Event Dr. Tom Hannington Balojja, the event will be used to bench mark and come up with new ideas on how to better the education sector in the country.
“We want to benchmark on his good contribution and see whether we can do something to improve education in the country and forge a way forward to inform policy, decision making, practice and every kind of education approach from all levels” said Dr. Balojja
Prof. William Senteza Kajubi served as the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University at two different intervals; 1977 – 1979 and 1990 – 1993.
He contributed significantly to the shaping of the education system from the early 1960s to 2000s through advocacy of his theory of education, policy formulation and leadership.
In 1986 Senteza Kajubi was appointed Principal of Kyambogo Institute of Teacher Education. He served in that capacity until 1989.
In 1994 he became the founding Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University, a private university, until his retirement in 2008.
In 1963, he was one of the nineteen members of the Uganda Education Commission chaired by Professor E B Castle. Senteza Kajubi was also a member of the Education Commission that resulted into the 1970 Education Act.
In the 1980s, Professor Senteza Kajubi chaired the Education Policy Review Commission which among other things recommended the introduction of Universal Primary Education(UPE) in Uganda.
Professor Senteza Kajubi was the father of the education sector in Uganda for over 60 years as a teacher, educator, education policy advisor, and leader of tertiary and higher education institutions in Uganda.