Kasese Youth Polytechnic has received new infrastructure worth 4
Billion Shillings under the Support Skilling Uganda project. The project is
being implemented by Enabel, a Belgian organization.
The infrastructure includes a storied boy’s dormitory of 96-bed
capacity, refurbished computer lab, modern kitchen, water supply system and a
3-phase electricity transformer among other facilities.
In the past, the institute lacked a dormitory for male students, workshop and was
operating without stable power and water systems, which affected the enrollment
Koen Van Acoleyen, the Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of
the Kingdom of Belgium says that the infrastructure developments were based on
specific needs that were identified by the management of the institute.
Acoleyen asked the government and the local leaders to support the
activities of the institution to ensure that the investments do not go to waste.
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At the commissioning ceremony, Alex Kakooza the
Education Ministry Permanent Secretary said that the government will hire
additional staff to the polytechnic to address staff shortages.
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Olwoch Dickens Koma, the polytechnic Principal said that the institute
has only assistant instructors, which poses a huge challenge in teaching
research and using the new equipment.
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The Kasese LCV Chairperson Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo says skilling
the youth is one of the ways to address unemployment among the youth.
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Jane Biira a student of electric installation says the new
structure has given them a new conducive learning environment. She however says
that some days they don't study due to the absence of instructors.