Six students who are beneficiaries of the district quota system in Lira have spoken with joy amid advises from elders for them to be more successful.
Speaking to TND News Desk shortly after their verification processes at Lira District Headquarters on Wednesday, Atim Mercy Maureen who emerged the overall best student in Lira district with 17 points from St. Katherine Girls S.S, expressed ecstasy upon her success.
“I am very happy, very delighted I give all glory to God for this opportunity that he has given me. I have been admitted under district quota system and it is with much joy that i accept the course which I have been offered: Bachelor of Journalism and Communication,” she joyfully told our reporter.
Atim has been admitted at Makerere University doing a course which last four years.
Oteng Mwanga Paul, another beneficiary who scored 15 points from Leo Atubu Colleg, applauded himself for the milestone. He has been admitted to study Quantitative Economics at Gulu University.
Like Atim, Mwanga said: “I am very happy, am proud of myself to be among those selected under the district quota system because I never knew I would make it but through persistence I am already in the group. I am so proud of myself and I am proud to be a student of Leo Atubu College.”
Meanwhile, James Ocuna, a parent whose daughter [Atim Mercy Maureen] was selected applauded the district and advised students to pursue their goals as expected.
“I want to thank the district for the effort they have made to secure for us this wonderful opportunity. It’s a very commendable effort and one may say it is small but for us it is better than nothing. My dear students, you are going to new places and under a new condition. You may have come from a very poor background and when you get to campus, you may be a roommate to somebody who is extremely rich with everything but my only advice to you is that remain who you are and go and pursue the goal. You have exhibited high level of academic performance and we expect you to go there and excel,” he Mr. Ocuna’s advice to beneficiaries.
On the other hand, Lira district officials have advised and encouraged the students to be good ambassadors and only to focus on their studies as they join different universities.
Speaking during the verification exercise, Alex Oremo who’s the Lira district chairperson counseled the students not to abandon the courses they have been offered in case they are not interested without notifying the district authorities.
“One disappointment I think which should not happen this year is that if you are not about to accept the course you have been offered under the quota system do not go away quietly, let the District Education Officer [DEO] know, let the chairman know, let the secretary for education know; we shall have lost one person,” Oremo stated.
The district chairperson went on to say should that happens; the district will confidently write to the university that Lira lost one student and will ask if he or she can be replaced.
Jasper Obura who’s the Senior Education Officer asked students to do what is expected of them and aim for excellence.
He further advised parents of the lucky students to save the money they were meant to use to pay tuition so that their children can further advance in studies after their first degree.
“My advice to you is that don’t stop with it here… the sky is the limit and please try with you level best to move higher and higher. Today you have achieved it but there is still a lot needed from you in the university. Please be focused, know why you have gone to the university. Go and represent us because you are our ambassadors. After first degree, aim for the second degree,” Abura counseled.
George Okello Ayo, the Lira district Vice Chairperson who also doubles as Secretary for Education and Health advised the six students to start preparing early enough, warning them to be careful especially with their lives while at the university. To Okello, they will be in different environment.
The six students who have been selected include, Akello Angella, Atim Mercy Maureen all from St. Katherine Girls, Apio Prossy Anita and Oruru Francis from Mentor S.S.
Others are Oteng Mwanga Paul and Ayeni Jasper from Leo Atubo College.