President Museveni argues that the burden of unemployment can only be dealt with when Public Universities realign their curricular focusing on science oriented courses tailored at solving the human needs in society.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has implored Public Universities to realign their
curricula to address the dilemma of unemployment facing graduates in the
He made the call while officiating at the 15th graduation
ceremony of Gulu University on Saturday. Up to 1,513 students comprising of 870
males and 643 females graduated from 47 different academic programs.
Statistics from the Uganda National Household Survey of 2012/2013 shows that the country's level of unemployment among the youth stands at 62 percent
representing 4.5 million of youth under 18 years.
In 2017, the National Planning Authority (NPA) released statistics indicating
that 700,000 people with various qualifications from both Public and
Private Universities as well as Tertiary Institutions join the job market
annually. However, only about 90,000 get some form of employment.
about 87 percent of employable persons can’t find a job. Now, President Museveni argues that the burden of unemployment can only be dealt
with when Public Universities realign their curricular focusing on science
oriented courses tailored at solving the human needs in society.
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The President also outlined four crucial sectors in the country that
Universities must explore and train learners in to generate and create more
employment opportunities for the youth graduates across Uganda.
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According to the President, his recent meeting with Vice Chancellors of Public
University and Ministry of Education officials, he emphasized on science courses
which government is ready to fund the staff to the fullest to handle it at all
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Museveni also gave green-light for the construction of an eight billion
Shillings Gulu University Teaching Hospital and contributed Shillings 100 million
towards the staff Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization
This followed numerous requests made by Prof. George Openyjuru Ladaah, the Gulu University Vice
Chancellor for support for the construction of a new Senate
Building at Shillings 14 billion, Administration Block Shillings 16 billion and Shillings 45
billion to aid the general expansion of the University.
Openyjura disclosed that Gulu University never benefited from the Government seed funding programme to Universities, which others like Lira, Muni and Soroti Universities among
others received for infrastructural development.
He implored the President and Education Ministry to consider the request for
more funding to enable the University undertake mega expansion of the existing
facility to increase student enrollment to 10,000 from the current population
of 4,500 to spur community growth and transformation.
John Chrysestom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education who
represented Education Minister and First Lady, Janet Kataha Museveni urged Gulu University to invest more in research to contribute to the
development of soft skills and entrepreneurial courses for transformative knowledge.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.