Outgoing Archbishop Stanley Ntagali on education
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali: Government should change the education system to reduce unemployment. File Photo

Outgoing Archbishop Stanley Ntagali: Government should change the education system to reduce unemployment

Outgoing Archbishop of Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has appealed to the government to consider revising the current education system if there is any hope of reducing unemployment in the country.

“I want to appeal to the government to create a system where people are taught skills so that they can come out of school when they can do something,” Ntagali said before adding that children should be taught skills on hand other than just the theories.

“In primary school, we used to do handwork and do some work to have a skill. Those should be the programmes introduced in secondary schools and university education,” Ntagali.

According to Stanley Ntagali, the education system is inappropriate and unfavourable in a way that very many students graduate at the Universities and various institutions but without reaching the job market when they do not have any practical skill.

Ntagali further indicated that it is the reason why many decide to run to these Arab countries seeking for jobs. He, however, requested the government to consider his plea to reduce persistent unemployment.

As the 8th Archbishop, Ntagali was replaced by Samuel Kaziimba who is now the newly elected Archbishop.

Kaziimba who is now the 9th Archbishop replaced Stanley Ntagali who retired after only seven and a half years of service because he was elected and enthroned as Archbishop on 16th December 2012 at the age of 57 and he turns 65 years old on 1st March 2020, a mandatory age of retirement.

Basing on the constitutional requirements regarding Archbishops of the Church of Uganda, An Archbishop can serve only for ten years and no more.

They can only serve until their 65th birthday. At the age of 65, an Archbishop must retire, even if he has served less than his ten-year term.

For one to be elected an Archbishop, you must be a Bishop in the Church of Uganda and at least 50 years old. All Dioceses must have Bishops. There can be no vacant dioceses.

Currently, 37 Diocesan Bishops are serving in the Church of Uganda with 33 eligible to become Archbishops.

As a body that elects the Archbishop, the House of Bishops is comprised of all active Diocesan and Assistant Bishops. There are 38 Bishops in the House of Bishops. The Provincial Chancellor presides over the election.

A person elected is referred to as the “Archbishop-elect.” He will not officially become the Archbishop until he is enthroned (installed) as the Archbishop, which will take place on Sunday, 1st March 2020 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, is not only the Cathedral for Namirembe Diocese but also the Provincial Cathedral for the Church of Uganda

During the period of the election and installation of the new Archbishop, the current Archbishop engages in a farewell tour, visiting all 37 dioceses in the Church of Uganda to bid farewell.

An Archbishop automatically serves as the Diocesan Bishop of Kampala Diocese as well as Archbishop of the entire Church of Uganda. So, Kampala Diocese will say farewell to their Bishop and prepare to receive a new Bishop, who is also the Archbishop.

Previously, the 1st Archbishop was Leslie Brown, a British missionary and was the first Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire (1961-1966).

The second Archbishop was Erica Sabiti (1966 – 1974), 3rd Archbishop was Janani Luwum (1974 – 1977) and martyred in 1977.

Silvanus Wani was the 4th Archbishop between 1977 – 1983. In 1980, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire became a separate, Francophone Province, and Uganda became its own Province.

5th Archbishop was Yona Okoth (1983 – 1995), the 6th was Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 – 2004) and Henry Luke Orombi (2004 – 2012) was the 7th Archbishop then followed by Stanley Ntagali (2012-2020).

By John Dalton Kigozi