More learners with support from their parents are increasingly considering changing their line of education from academics to concentrate on vocational.
Patrick Byakatonda, the executive director Directorate of Industrial Training -DIT encouraged such parents to embrace the initiative that was designed by the DIT targeting people with no qualification.
Some learners with support from
their parents are considering changing their line of education from academics
to concentrate on vocational.
When schools closed for the second
lockdown, some parents together with their children decided to take on skilling
programs as they waited for the schools to reopen.
However, when the president
announced the dates for the reopening of schools ,it was the higher
institutions of learning that include the vocational institutions that
were allowed to reopen first on November 1,2021 and the lower levels that
include the primary and secondary were to resume studies in January 2022.
Charles Ssonko, a parent of a senior
five student at Kisozi secondary school says that his son was getting skills in
electrical applications as they waited for the schools to reopen.
Ssonko, a business man in Kikuubo
explains that his son sat his UNEB exams in 2019 and now he would be sitting
his final exams to join the higher institution of learning however, due to the
pandemic this was not possible.
He says when the president allowed
the vocational institutions to reopen first, his son chose to continue pursuing
his course in electrical application.
Ssonko says he supported his son’s
decision on grounds that he was growing and had wasted a lot of time waiting
for the schools to reopen but also in vain.
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Jamila Namugerwa, a mother of two
residing at Mulago dealing in cosmetics, says she cannot continue paying fees
for her two children whom she says have grown.
Namugerwa has one son and a daughter. Both of her children were studying before the lockdown; however, when schools
were closed she decided to post them for skilling programs in workshops.
According to Namugerwa her children
are grown and they have also become passionate about the hands on approach.
‘’I am a single mother and
making these children wait up to next year it will be unfortunate and damaging
because they have grown ‘’says Namugerwa.
Patrick Byakatonda, the executive
director Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) encouraged such parents to
embrace the initiative that was designed by the DIT targeting people with no
He says DIT has simple vocational
courses that can be assessed and enable the learners to acquire knowledge for a
Byakatonda also observes that
parents should not give up on academics in the formal setting as the government
has catered for the vocational part with the introduction of the new lower
secondary curriculum that emphasizes hands on approach.
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In 2020, the ministry of education
embarked on the competence-based curriculum that will allow students to study
only 12 subjects in senior one and two including one practical subject. The
compulsory subjects include English Language, Mathematics, History, Geography,
Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Education, Religious Education and
Kiswahili and then the vocational one.
Henry Katende, who owns a welding
workshop in Kalerwe, says that his workshop received six students and of these
so far parents of four of them have confirmed they wont take them back to
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Nicolas Zziwa, a senior one student
from Numasa Secondary school in Masaka who was found at Kalerwe receiving skills
in welding says he has no plan of continuing with academics.
‘’It has been a long time since we
last attended school, my parents thought reopening will be soon but now it’s
two years. I cannot go back to school,’’ says Zziwa.
Adrian Ndemere, the chairman of
Uganda Association of Private vocational institutions says in vocational
education they have no minimum entry requirement for someone to get employable
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Ndemere says that vocational courses
should not be underrated because the students can still upgrade through the
different modules designed by DIT.
Meanwhile Wilson Tumuhamye, the
Principal Lugogo Vocational Training Institute says such students are catered
for under the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) .
Tumuhamye explains that
parents together with their children can always consult with the DIT to get to
understand the packages available for such categories of students.
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In 2011, the government
launched the Skilling Uganda programme with intention to retool every Ugandan
and grow the country’s skilled workforce.
The formal enrollment of BTVET
between 2011 and 2020 is from 42000 to 103000 however, the target for the
period was 290,000 students.