Hima Cement is making rapid progress with the construction of a science laboratory block at Mubuku Valley senior secondary in Kasese. The construction seeks to address the poor performance of science subjects and to allow students to perform experiments with ease and renewed interest in science. The Laboratory block being constructed at a total cost of UGX 126million is composed of three laboratories: chemistry, physics, and biology with a central gas store, store room and shelves for each laboratory.
Currently, Mubuku is under the Universal Secondary Education scheme with an enrollment of over 450 students, and runs a "make shift" laboratory, where the equipment is stored in a central drawer once lab lessons end.
“We are delivering on our promise to Mubuku Valley S.S and the community, that we pay close attention to educational needs in Kasese with the construction of the science laboratory at the school”, said Allen Mate, Hima Cement’s Plant Manager.
“In teaching science, nothing replaces laboratory experiences, science is more practical than theoretical and for science students, its crucial that they conduct the experiments on their own, and come up with proven deductions for a better understanding. We understand that constructing and stocking science laboratories is a very expensive venture but we shall continue to support the Government in improving education standards, especially for the sciences in Kasese.”
In October 2009, the Lafarge group CEO, Mr. Bruno Lafont visited the school and made a promise to solve one of their biggest and most urgent need because enrollment at the school was good upon which the school management highlighted that laboratories for Chemistry, Physics and Biology were a critical need.
The new science laboratory block will be able to accommodate all the students for practical lessons, a move that will ensure that all students use the laboratory whenever they have scheduled classes with the provision of work tops in each lab, installation of a gas system and a gas cylinder.
“We are extremely excited that Hima Cement has come to our aid with construction of this science laboratory,” said the Head teacher, Mr. Doviko Kisembo. “The theoretical knowledge acquired in class needs to be also applied in a practical laboratory setting, which engages the student in the scientific process.”
“Enrollment at Mubuku Valley is anticipated to increase now that the school is to acquire a science laboratory and we believe that the education standards shall improve.” added Kisembo.