Celebrating Prof. Jethro Opolot

The former Dean School of Education and renowned teacher of Educational Psychology Prof. Jethro Opolot passed away on May 31. He was 79 years old.

Prof. Opolot served as the Head of Department, Psychology in 1976 -1990 and as the Dean School of Education from 1988- 1992. He retired from Makerere University in 2005.

“It is difficult to talk about the teaching of Educational Psychology in Makerere University in particular and in Uganda in general without associating it with Prof Jethro Opolot, said Prof J.C.S Musaazi Principal College of Education and External Studies

Prof. Opolot started his formal education at Acanga Primary School and went to Ngora for his junior studies. He received a Masters in Maths and Psychology in 1958 at Edinburgh University. A recipient of the Fulbright Senior Research Fellow award from the Teachers’ College Columbia University, Prof. Oplot also studied at Birmingham University and during this time graduated with a Masters in Educational Psychology in 1966, a Masters in Science Psychology in 1968 and PhD in Psychology in 1970.

He will be fondly remembered by his students and colleagues for his practical and sometimes humorous ways of illustrating the many abstract theories of psychology. “We shall also miss his strong and booming voice that often kept all awake in his lessons,” said his former students

Prof. Opolot published a number of books and articles in reputable journals on psychology and educational psychology. He was laid to rest in Olio Sub –County, Serere district on June 3.

The College of Education and External Studies extends its condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Prof. Opolot. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

By sheila Mwebaze Tindi