Turkey to promote Uganda’s education

By: LYDIA NAMONO

Kampala: The Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (Tuskon) plans to infuse international standards into Uganda’s education system to bridge the skilling gaps in the sector.

The quality of Uganda’s education is still poor, posing a threat to the country’s long-term economic progress as stipulated in Vision 2040.

Speaking at a meeting in Kampala, Mr Ibrahim Bicakci, the chairperson of Turkish schools in Uganda, said their aim is to cement the bond between both countries by linking Uganda to the globalised economy. “We believe that the graduates from Turkish schools will be good ambassadors in improving skills among Ugandans and the rest of the world,” Mr Bicakci said.

The team is ready to join synergies so that both countries can learn from each other.

Asked about what the Ugandan government can do to plug the gaps in Uganda’s education system, the Tuskon secretary general and Honorary Consul to Turkey in Uganda, Dr Mustafa Gunay, said the government should invest more resources in the sector.

“I am a business man and cannot advise the Ugandan government…You have very good teachers but when you compare this to the US-British system of universities, there is still a gap,” Dr Gunay said.

Tuskon also plans to introduce a boarding secondary school but is still searching for $4 million (about Shs10 billion).

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