By: STEPHEN KAFEERO
KAMPALA: The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr JC Muyingo, has advised graduates to join politics, the army and police as a means of getting employment and participating in the development of the country.
“There are many jobs there, you should not let them be taken by people who are not as skilled as you are, even if it is LC1 or the police go for it,” he said.
“I want you to start planning how to become the next minister of state for Higher Education,” Muyingo told the over 359 graduates. They were passing out after completion of various courses offered by Amity University, India and the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU), at a ceremony held at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).
Dr Muyingo asked the graduates to move beyond the skills they acquire during their years of study and become entrepreneurs. He said Uganda passes out more than 400,000 graduates yet only 70,000 get formal employment. “Even if it means going out of the country go and get the jobs.”
Mr Muyingo also said the Shs4 billion earmarked for the loan scheme will only cater for 1,000 students yet the country passes out over 100,000 from Senior Six. “This is a drop in the ocean, if we had more students enrolled for online courses, offered under such initiatives like the Pan African e-Network project then the cost of supporting each student would reduce and we would be able to cater for them,” he said.
The acting Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, Mr Rajesh Gawane, said India would look into extending the 5-year programme if Uganda put in an official request. An e-Iearning center was set up at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere.