Kitante Hill School held its golden jubilee last week under the theme,” celebrating 50 years of distinction in service”.
The chief guest, Rebecca Kadaga, made a generous donation of Shs. 600 million to boost the school’s development. She said the money was for renovating old buildings and construction of a multipurpose block. The new block will house classes, a library and an administrative block, which will solve the issue of space at the school.
Built in 1960, for civil servants’ sons, Kitante Hill has evolved, said Rose Izizinga, the head teacher. Back then it had only 200 students in 2 streams, ranging from S.1 to S.4; but it later attained A-Level status in 1986.
The number has also since grown to 1, 600 boys and girls today, because the school became co-ed in 1987.
The school has had 6 head teachers, who have nurtured and molded students to achieve in life. The school boasts of old students like FDC chairman-Kizza Besigye, Macdusman Kabega (criminal lawyer), Moses Ssali (Bebe Cool) and Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine).
Izizinga urged the old students to take pride in their school and help at all times. She requested them to make known the Kitante Hill Old Students Association (KIHOSA) as one way of marketing the school.
In terms of performance, 80% of Kitante’s students score between division 1 and division 2. In A’ level, 90% are eligible for university and other tertiary institutions; thus a reason to make merry on the school’s 50th celebrations.
Kadaga, the deputy speaker of parliament, nevertheless, encouraged teachers to include subjects such as: patriotism, human rights, peace, moral and spiritual values.
In a bid to respond to government‘s call of job creation, during the golden jubilee, students exhibited entrepreneurial skills by baking cakes and crafts, such as: bags, mats and earrings.
This government founded school, even amidst celebration, has cause to worry. Due to its location on prime land, chances of it expanding are few because of preying investors. Its neighbour, Kitante Primary School, is a fallen victim as part of its land has been sold to investors and construction is already underway.