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Now Loy Muhwezi, the Commissioner Technical, Vocational Education and Training says with the new decentralized type of selection, people have to choose between the TVET and the general education but not the usual placement based on performance.
The Ministry of education and sports
says selection for the students who will be joining the Technical institutions
of learning will now be carried out at the local community levels in the different
regions of the country.
This is part of the changes made by the ministry in the placement process of the post-primary and
senior five selections that kicked off on October 25-29,2021.
Formerly, selection and placement
for all students was carried out at a central level whereby education
institutions would come together for the process and allocate students
depending on their performance in the previous national examinations. For
example, after Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE, secondary schools, and other
post-primary institutions including farm schools, skilling centers, polytechnic
institutions among others meet to determine who is admitted where.
Similarly, the placement for senior
four leavers could attract A-level schools, Primary Teacher’s Colleges,
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health institutions, and Business, Technical
Vocational Education and Training –BTVET institutions.
According to the Commissioner
Technical, Vocational Education and Training -TVET Operations and Management
education ministry Loy Muhwezi, this will no longer be the procedure anymore
for TVET institutions due to its continued shortcomings.
Among the key problems associated
with the central selection according to Muhwezi, has been the negative attitude
by the selected students’.
She indicates that students are placed to the
technical institutions without their will but due to their academic performance
yet many always dream to join the general education to University targeting white Collar Jobs.
Now, Muhwezi says with the new
decentralized type of selection, people have to choose between the TVET and the
general education but not the usual placement based on performance.
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Under this arrangement learners will
just be required to show interest then get admission from the nearby TVET
institutions depending on their interests for specialization.
Muhwezi also says that through the
TVET policy reform of 2019, they are introducing the module assessment system in
order to attract students to hands-on education. She says this will be enabling
both the continuing students and those who want specialized short courses to
attain certificates in a flexible manner but also up grade through the same
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says the craftsmen and technical people need also to help the ministry to
achieve its goal by improving on their general appearance and environment of
She explains that many of the people
in the industry tend to undermine the need to appear attractive to their
audience and in the long run disgust the potential TVET students.
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Jalia Nasazza, the manager Uganda
Business and Technical Examinations Board –UBTEB says that among the new
changes they want to ensure that the institutions while assessing the learners
use real life materials to make real products that can be sold on the market
for real skills and standards.
She explains that before this new
approach, the students have been making models and breaking them after the
assessment which would not help them get the real skills in return.
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Muhwezi discouraged lamentations about machines and equipment to use in the
institutions by advising them to develop relations with industries in
Currently the UBTEB is undergoing changes to try and implement the
reforms in the TVET policy of 2019 that focuses more on the employable skills and
competencies relevant to the labour market as opposed to just acquisition of