Ugandan Government to Consider Abolishing Saturday Exams
19 February 2018 | Uganda’s The Observer newspaper reported that the Ugandan president has pledged to consider abolishing Saturday examinations in schools after a personal appeal from the president of the General Conference of the Adventist denomination, Elder Ted Wilson.
Wilson made the appeal to Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan head of state, during an in-person meeting on February 17. The Adventist leader was on a four-day visit to the country.
Wilson asked Museveni to abolish examinations in all public educational institutions on Saturdays. Accompanying Wilson were Daniel Maate, the leader of the Adventist denomination in Uganda, as well as Adventist leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan.
“I thank Pastor Wilson for visiting Uganda. I commend members of the SDA community in Uganda for their discipline. We shall consider the church’s request about our education institutions not conducting examinations on Saturday,” the President said on Twitter.
Museveni added, “We shall also look at the interests of other Christian denominations that need to be freed from school examinations on Sundays and also for the Muslim community on Fridays.”
Earlier in his visit to Uganda, Wilson had told reporters that, “The problem of students doing exams on the Sabbath is critical in many countries and I will certainly bring this to the attention of government to try to give the students as much consideration as possible.” Wilson had also stated his appreciation for the freedom to worship in Uganda.
The Adventist denomination in Uganda has over 325,000 members with over 1000 churches.