5,000 to get free vocational training

KAMPALA:
Government’s 10-year strategic programme, Skilling Uganda which is aimed at creating employable skills and competencies relevant in the labour market, kicks off February next year with an ambitious plan to enrol 5,000 students in 25 new technical and vocational institutions countrywide.

The Minister of Education, Ms Jessica Alupo, announced at the weekend that owing to the relevancy of technical and vocational institutions, government secured a $80 million (about Shs 200 billion) loan from Arab countries that include Saudi Arabia, Islamic Development Bank and Oil Producing and Exporting countries (OPEC) where 5,000 students countrywide stand to benefit from the programme.

Government targets to recruit atleast 100,000 students in two years after the construction of other technical institutions all over the country.

The minister made the remarks after a four-day inspection of the new technical and vocational institutions in the districts of Lwengo, Kamuli, Mbale, Soroti, Gulu, Kyenjojo to assess their progress.

Addressing local leaders and contractors at Lwengo Technical Institute in Lwengo District and later those of Lyantonde Technical Institute in Kaliiro, Ms Alupo observed that 80percent of the construction works have been completed and the new institutions would be commissioned by the President in December.

Ugandans must adopt vocations
Explaining the programme’s objective, the minister said it is aimed at changing the attitude of Ugandans towards embracing marketable courses relevant to the country’s job market.

Part of the money would also be invested in refurbishing the vocational training centres and fully equipping new ones with state-of-the-art equipment to help in practical two year modules that come along with updated curricula and teaching and learning resources.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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