Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Aritwala Kadaga condemned the increasing cases of sexual exploitation of the young girls in schools by their teachers.
Kadaga termed as unfortunate the fact that some of the teachers and school administrators who are supposed to protect the young girls are the ones that exploit them.
This was in her message that was read for her by the Kabale district woman MP Catherine Atwakire Ndamira during the celebrations to commemorate the life of Constance Hornby, stuff the founder of Hornby Primary and Hornby high school, page the first girls’ schools in Kigezi sub region, at a function held at St. Peters Cathedral Rugarama on Sunday.
At the event, Dr. Sheila Ndyanabangi, the principal medical health in the Ministry of Health and National focal person of the anti-tobacco campaign urged the public to reflect Hornby’s vision by encouraging girl-child education.
Rev. Henry Nzaana, the Kigezi Diocesan Education coordinator said Hornby will be remembered for her love for the under-privileged, strong courage and dedication for missionary work.
“She was an advocate for justice for the poor and under-privileged. She is a motivation for embracing a struggle for the benefit of others,” said Nzana.
Constance Hornby was born on 4th October, 1884 in Richmond park, England.
She arrived in Uganda in October 1916 as a missionary in the Church Missionary Society.
She was posted at Iganga Girls’ Boarding School as a teacher and nurse.
Hornby later joined Gayaza High School in 1917 where she served for 2 weeks.
In 1920 she joined Mengo Hospital as a midwife before going to Kabale in 1923.
Hornby while in Kabale championed the education of girls and played a key role in the establishment of Kabale Girls School in 1956.
In 1961, the school was renamed Hornby High School and it started as a junior primary School.
Later on in 1981, a senior secondary school, Hornby High school was started in memory of Hornby’s key role in the girl- child education promotion in the region.