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Technical Institutions Struggling to Embrace Advanced Technology

Christine Nayiga, a lecturer in mechanics at the Uganda Technical College in Lira says on top of lacking adequate machines they still use manual machines to train and assess.
31 Oct 2021 11:54

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Trainers in Technical institutions are struggling to embrace advanced technology which could affect the competence of students. 

The government through the Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) is targeting to provide competent skills to the students to deal with the unemployment in the country.

However, in some institutions adjusting to digital technology is still a challenge as many still use manual machines to train and also assess the competence of the learners.

Christine Nayiga, a lecturer in mechanics at the Uganda Technical College in Lira says on top of lacking adequate machines they still use manual machines to train and assess.

Nayiga says technology is advancing, but as technical institutions, they are finding it hard to cope with the improved innovations.  She explains that they use machines like manual lathes for shaping metal.

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Brighton Ahimbisibwe, an electrical instructor at the Uganda Technical College Bushenyi says the institute has both digital and manual machines. He however says they rarely use the machines to train or assess the students because they cannot still operate them.

He says that the two weeks assessors training will enable them to acquire some knowledge about the advancing technology in their different fields as assessors.

Among the machines required for the electrical work is circuit breakers, electrical motors, electric drills and solar system, wiring cables, voltage probes, cable and wire lugs among others.

Jalia Nasazza, the manager of vocational education at UBTEB, one of the instructors for the assessors says the two weeks of training started with the theory and later the participants will be introduced to the practical part.

She explains that some training institutions lack digital machines yet the curriculum provides for their use and the trainers are not exposed to them hence making it hard when it comes to assessment.

Nassaza indicates that though the World Bank has supported some technical institutions with digital equipment, the institutions lack the competence to operate them.

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Onesmus Oyesigye, the Executive Secretary Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) say the training is done to ensure that the assessors who also serve as trainers can attain the required competencies to implement the new TVET policy 2019 that requires 80% continuous assessment. 

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Oyesigye explains that the training of the 138 assessors also intends to build their capacity to reflect the trends, innovations and labour needs of the changing industry.

Currently, the board has 321 TVET assessors and is targeting to raise the numbers to over 1000.

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