President Yoweri Museveni is on record for telling Ugandans that Humanities are useless. No one should blame him since his entire family is full of medical doctors, engineers, physicists and astronauts with some mathematicians in the clan.
I was so stunned I had to give myself a head shake. Useless humanities. No wonder Uganda is the most scientifically developed country in Africa. L'horreur de ma vie!
There is no one in STEM who will tell you that Humanities are useless but he is the president so the country will be focusing on only sciences and technology which is right up my alley.
The education system in Uganda has been so bastardized graduates cannot even write a one page essay with atrocious grammatical mistakes but that is okay since they will be shipped off to the Middle East as slaves anyway. Imagine your parents pay for 3 to 4 years and you slave through a degree to only find yourself as a maid, sex slave or driver in the Arab world because our country so believes in Humanities being useless and sciences being king.
Then of course we have the contrast like Canada where Humanities are respected and kids take arts and music and the unemployment rate is 6.9% where Uganda has 85% - 92% unemployment. Numbers do not lie.
Lucky Museveni whose family has only scientists. Most of our families do not have scientists and in fact we have teachers of art, history, literature, economics, agriculture, entrepreneurship and other things like some of them teaching chemistry, physics or maths nebilala nebilala.
I watched a kid write a report for her English course (might have been the French one though) and she chose the topic of how music is known to increase academic performance by up to 35% and why Mozart and Tchaikovsky rule. Then we live in a province which provides Sistema for free and it is not an option but a requirement because apparently Canada knows that music, drawing and painting, dance and sports are good for little monsters. Not Uganda though. They are all none humanities.
Some of you might not know this but many children can read musical notation before they read books because music is natural for the human brain and "without music, life would be a mistake"... Friedrich Nietzsche
Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, New Brunswick Canada