On January 20th Martyrs' Church held its centennial celebrations in remembrance of Alexander Murdoch Mackay. The celebrations were presided over by Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the bishop of Namirembe diocese. They were covered by the newspapers ( the Observer , Bukedde Online ) and by TV (Bukedde TV).
For the progress see a picture gallery with pictures of the current situation in the library and of the construction of the new Resource Centre.
Mackay Memorial College has started using the channel Learning of DStv of the company MultiChoice.
See the article in the newspaper The Observer about the launch and about the first experiences.
On occasion of the launch Dr David Ssonko, chairperson BoD, sent the following mail to the headteacher, Mrs Ssekabira.
Dear Mrs Sekabira,
I congratulate you together with all those who worked so hard to have our school(Mackay College) included among the first beneficiaries of the DStv digital education in Uganda. I have no doubt in my mind that the introduced technology will add real value to the students' learning. We now need to work very closely with all friends and relevant institutions to have our Resource Centre completed. Obviously, the completion of the Center will result into many more of our students being exposed and benefitting from this welcome delivery technology.
Once again, congratulations.
Dr David Ssonko
The school population has increased to 978 but because of insufficient room, many are closed out. The increase has been due to improved academic performance as a result of improved service delivery. The school even had to put up temporary structures to overcome the situation on population and performance the school is now under Universal Secondary Education at the lower level. Under this program the government pays for tuition, uniform, feeding (lunch) while the parent is responsible for writing materials, and textbooks. Despite the governments support, there are children, especially the total orphans cannot afford and a number have dropped out. Many parents send their children without meals and requirements and these are the major contributors of dropping out. The scholarship program has been affected by the passing away of Arlone Child the major supporter who used to pay for 34 academically able but financially unable students. Her husband Gene Child has started a project for girls where he supports poor girls with 2/3 of the cost for washable sanitary pads but still they can not afford! Support by other kind hearted people will go along way to keep these students in school.
A student to access food at school and other requirements needs only US $ 60 per term.
The school has been able to acquire text books and readers from different sources which include book Aid from Scotland, AforD from the Netherlands and Former teachers of East Africa but the challenge is lack of a Library.
A block is named after Arlone Child.
The progress of the construction of the new Resource Centre in the spring of 2012.
Mackay Day 2010, in the foreground the deputy speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and the headteacher
The school takes part in USE: Universal Secondary Education. Therefore the number of students has increased which made it necessary to extend the school with a temporary structure.