A circular from Kabojja Junior School asking parents to prepare Shs30,000 for their children’s speech day concert activities has gone to the wrong social media hodulop (wardrobe). A group of the ‘we-always-have- a- differentiate-view’ headed by a one Kakensa are all over the place with tape measures and calculators, investigating this circular.
These claimed the school is robbing its parents in broad daylight (the debate started at night by the way), they say this can’t be, the school authorities are heartless and you know where this always ends up- the government has really taken this nation down.
These people go-ahead to raise their complaints in the same breath with a curse for the school, well knowing that they don’t have even a cousin’s nephew or niece at the school. Inciting the rest like them to waste all our time and theirs over certain things that are not necessarily important to us.
We surely can’t keep having an opinion about each and everything, in this specific case, unless the parents of Kabojja Junior School are complaining, of which they have avenues to do so, I see no business with the rest of us making noise about this matter.
There is a reason why some of us don’t have kids in Kabojja Junior School and we don’t even think about it and there is a reason why some parents have six kids there and would even take a 7th. Some will even go the extra mile of topping up for a neighbor’s child just to be in Kabojja.
Some of us will quarrel terribly at the price of meat in our local butcher shop, other people are buying over 10kgs of the same meat in a supermarket and don’t care. We will not then go to the supermarket and complain that they are being robbed. It is easier for us to deal with the local meat shop at home than complain on behalf of Nancy who is buying meat at Nalya Quality Supermarket.
In this Uganda today, we have parents who will throw a birthday bash for their child, not once, not twice. Call a whole village and a DJ, dirten the compound with colored drinks and bouncing castle, buy a cake the size of your plasma screen at home. And at the same party give this 2-year-old a brand new car as a present.
On the other hand, we have those parents, who badly want to make the first birthday for their child, they will create a WhatsApp group and add everyone they know. The day will reach and everyone left the group without even saying a word. That is the truth and we can’t help it sometimes.
So if you are unhappy with the parent giving his 2-year-old child a car as BD present, what will you do about it? It is between them and their children. it is a choice they have made backed by their ability, find them at their home and beat them if so angry.
Some time back, I sat in a parent meeting at a primary school in Nalya, I was only representing my elder brother who was caught up elsewhere. The parents complained to the school that it charges low fees and by that, they are getting many pupils and killing the standard. These parents advised the school (and voted unanimously) to increase fees! Do you know that until today, the school has no vacancies? It is always fully booked.
Some of you will say you want to avoid a precedent in other schools, well it is not in the DNA of certain schools, even if it were, you will be charged as your pocket determines, besides you will be called upon when that time comes. Buy a good voice and sharpen it, complain there until cows come home.
For now, you may want to know that many parents have paid for this Kabojja concert, paid for their maids, and even called a relative from the village and paid for them to attend this concert. This same parent sent the money to their child’s class teacher four weeks ago with a Shs50,000 tip and bribe to get them a very good view at the front where they will zoom their smartphone camera and capture every moment of their child even when yawning and send the same to every Whatsapp group with caption: “I love you, my little angel,. Keep making mummy proud”.
All in all, there is a lot of peace in believing in what you can be able to do and having the satisfaction in it than complaining for others about what u cannot do yet they have no issues doing it. Seek God to give you the grace to accept where you stand and help you become better, but mind your business in the end. Like some artiste sang: “you have serious financial problems, but someone else is worried their dog has refused to eat”. The two of you have serious problems, in the end, so complain quietly about your own.
Parents of Kabojja, please it is up to you, enjoy your children’s speech day concert. If you are not complaining, let us discuss how Arsenal bought many players at 40m.
The writer is a private contributor to the Nile Post