Gulu. The rehabilitation of National Teachers’ College Unyama in Gulu District is near completion and will be commissioned before the end of the year, Ms Jesica Alupo, the Education minister, has said.
The rehabilitation that began in 2013, will cost Shs12 billion.
It is part of government effort to support the Education Sector Strategic Plan with the aim of improving access to quality education through the expansion and rehabilitation of existing Ugandan Technical Colleges and NTCs in post conflict areas.
Ms Alupo who was in Gulu District recently said government plans to focus more on equipping students with skills that will make them employable in the competitive job market.
“Skills deficiency at most of the tertiary institutions has been responsible for students heading into the workplace without the skills they need. We want this reversed, so we want to provide conducive learning environment and well equipped learning facilities,” said Ms Alupo.
In 2008, the Belgium government signed for a Shs17 million grant to support instructor training Abilonino Instructors’ College in Lira, Mulago Health Tutors’ College, National Teachers’ College Muni and National Teachers’ College Kaliro.
World Bank has given $40 million (about Shs119 billion) to be shared by established technical institutions, while the OPEC fund will disburse $24 million (about Shs71 billion) for construction of nine new technical institutions in Amuria, Hoima, Lwengo, Kamuli, Mukono, Namutumba, Nakasongola, Pader and Yumbe districts.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor