John Chrysostom Muyingo

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John Chrysostom Muyingo
Born (1960-02-22) 22 February 1960 (age 54)
Kakoola, Luweero District, Uganda
Residence Seeta, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Masters in Education Management (M.Ed.Mngnt)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Occupation Educator, Academic & Politician
Years active 1986 — present
Known for Education, Politics
Home town Bamunanika
Religion Roman Catholic

John Chrysostom Muyingo is a Ugandan educator and politician. He is the current State Minister for Higher Education in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011.[1] He replaced Mwesigwa Rukutana, who was appointed State Minister for Youth, Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations. John Chrysostom Muyingo is also the elected Member of Parliament for "Bamunanika County", Luweero District.

Background[edit]

Muyingo was born on 22 February 1960, to the late John Chrysostom Ssekidde of Kakoola Village, Bamunanika County, Luwero District and Victoria Nakiwala, of Naakulabye, Lubaga Division, in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. [2] Find out more about him and his projects on his website www.jcmuyingo.org

Education[edit]

He attended Mulajje Primary School, Kisubi Seminary and Makerere College School, before joining Makerere University, in 1983. He graduated in 1986 with the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed). He also holds the degree of Masters in Educational Management (M.Ed.Mgnt), from Makerere University, obtained in 1996. Muyingo also obtained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), also from Makerere University. The dissertation for his doctorate focused on the financing of university education in Uganda.

Work History[edit]

John Chrysotom Muyingo started his teaching career at Ndejje Secondary School, where he taught Chemistry and Mathematics. He later taught at St. Joseph’s School Nsambya where he became Director of Studies. He was then transferred to St. Joseph Secondary School Naggalama, in Naggalama, Mukono District.

At Naggalama he became Headmaster, when the school was still O-Level only (S1 - S4). He started a boarding section for boys at Naggalama Hill, despite initial reservations by the school board. He then started an A-Level section at the school (S5 - S6). From Naggalama, he was transferred, in 1992, to Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Namugongo, located adjacent to the Uganda Martyrs Shine at Namugongo.

When he arrived at Namugongo, his first challenge was to upgrade and improve the school, then in a sorry state. The teachers would go home on Friday and return on Monday, leaving students on their own over the weekend. The infrastructure was poor, the classes inadequate, and there was no serious science lab. Male teachers were fratenising with female students. The school's Board of Governors had little interest in the school.

Gradually, the new headmaster’s efforts paid off. The year before he joined, the school had registered five (5) first grades at O-level. In 1992, the number rose to 32, then 58 in 1993, 64 in 1994 and 90 in 1995. Henceforth, the numbers steadily rose with some years registering a 100% percent pass rate. [3]

Political career[edit]

In 2011, Dr. Muyingo entered active politics by contesting for the parliamentary seat of Bamunanika County in Luweero District, as an Independent. He won that seat in a landslide victory where he garnered 88% of the votes cast and is the incumbent Member of Parliament for that constituency. He has various projects running in the his area to boost livelihood of his people and he is assisted by Mwebe William, Matabi Christopher and Bazira Paul who lead the coordination team. [4] He was appointed State Minister for Higher Education on 27 May 2011.[5]

Personal details[edit]

While at Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Namugongo, Muyingo met Rosemary Namayanja, whom he married in 1992. They have six (6) children. She is the Director at Seeta High Schools, in Seeta, Mukono District. The Muyingo family own Seeta High Schools. They are now three in total with a total of about 4,500 students all combined. They have also opened up two primary sections under the name Seeta Junior and also have a Kindergarten wing.

Away from school administration matters, Muyingo is popularly referred to as ‘Musajja wa Kabaka’ (Kabaka’s right-hand man). In the past, he served in the Buganda Government, as Minister of Education and was twice voted the best performing minister. His real name is Miyingo, but it was wrongly registered as Muyingo back in his early school days. Miyingo means a log used to lock an entrance to a kraal.

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