There is a high turn up of students seeking application forms for the Albertine Region Youth Bursary scheme. President, Yoweri Museveni launched the scheme at Hoima Boma grounds in Hoima Municipality on November 16, 2018.
At least 600 successful applicants from 13 districts is the Albertain Grabe will receive support to acquire knowledge and skills to enable them compete favorably in the oil and Gas sector.
Successful applicants will undergo free vocational training in welding and metal fabrication, plumbing and pipe fitting, motor vehicle mechanics, carpentry and joinery among others.
Beneficiaries will be drawn from Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa, Kabarole, Kyenjojo and Kakumiro districts. Other districts include Nebbi, Nwoya, Ntoroko, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Kibaale and Bunyangabu districts.
Education Officers from districts in the Albertine region, says the number of candidates seeking application forms for the Bursary scheme is overwhelming.
Godfrey Sserwanja, the Hoima District Education Officer, says more than one thousand candidates have picked application forms from his office, adding that more are still coming.
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Francis Kyomuhendo, the Masindi District Education Officer, says at least 300 candidates have picked application forms from his office, adding that they are now photocopying the forms to cater for the overwhelming number of applicants.
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Sylvester Muwonge, the Kakumiro District Education Officer, says they only received 80 application forms but more than two hundred candidates have so far turned up to pick the forms.
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John Akugizibwe, one of the applicants from Hoima district, says he could be left out given the overwhelming number of candidates flocking the DEO's office to pick the forms.
He called on government to increase the number of beneficiaries on the scheme. The applicants are expected to return the forms on January 11, 2019 and wait for the verification exercise.
To be considered, one must be a Ugandan with a valid national Identity card and must have completed at least Senior Four. He or she must be a resident of the district where they apply from.
In 2014, the government obtained a loan of Shillings 106.5 Billion from World Bank, part of which would be used to fund the scholarship.
The courses will be taught at Uganda Technical College, Kichwamba and Uganda Petroleum Institute, Kigumba (UPIK).