The Ministry of Education and Sports moves to digitize all Centres of Vocational Excellence under
the Uganda Skills Development Project-USDP as one of the means to ensure continued online learning during and post COVID-19 era.
Bukalasa Agricultural College, Uganda Technical College Lira, Uganda
Technical College-Elgon and Uganda Technical College in Bushenyi. According
to the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex
Kakooza, the arrangement, part of a World Bank-funded programme will cost 4.7 billion Shillings to cover the installation of information computer technology equipment and their accessories.
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The same arrangement will also benefit affiliate technical institutes which include Karera Technical Institute in
Bushenyi, Nyamitanga Technical Institute and Rwentanga Farm
Institute in Mbarara, Kitgum Technical Institute, Kalongo Technical
Institute in Agago, Ora Technical Institute in Zombo and Butaleja
Others are Kasodo Technical Institute
in Pallisa, Kaliro Technical Institute, Ssese Farm Institute in Kalangala, Lake Katwe Training Institute in Kasese and Kaberamaido
Hajjat Safina Musene, the Commissioner in Charge of Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET), shares that after the instalment, the several institutes
will start to have basic online teaching which will involve tutorials
and short videos demonstrating how things are done.
acknowledges that it might be very hard for vocational institutes to have
complete online training given the fact that they need a lot of hands-on-training than theory. she shares that as for the medium and long
term interventions, they plan to have blended learning which involves both
digital and face to face learning.
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Questioned on how the centres will link up with students who have no technological equipment, Hajjat Musene
noted that the government is aware of the task ahead but would rather take step by step
the government through the Ministry of Education launched a BTVET Strategic
Plan 2012/13 to 2021/22 entitled "Skilling Uganda’’ to underscore a paradigm shift in skills development in the country. The plan emphasized
creating employable skills and competencies relevant to the labour
market rather than educational certificates as was before.
the goal is currently threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic which since
has made it very impossible to have face to face lesson in all education
Currently, reopening of schools seems to be very
risky and experts have advised the government to start
exploring digital learning platforms. A section of education experts
have also highlighted that its high time the government thought of
developing a digital learning policy framework that will guide online learning and teaching.