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
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
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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.