Speaking at the 6th annual East African Communications Association-EACA conference convened virtually at Uganda Christian University, Okwakol said that institutions should consider developing approaches favouring companies offer mentorship to students.
Professor Mary Okwakol, the Chairperson of Uganda National
Examinations Board- UNEB has advised higher institutions of learning to invest
in research to enable companies to offer virtual internship training to
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many Universities adopted the Open Distance and-Learning-ODeL
system to continue teaching students. However, the students have been finding difficulties
getting opportunities for internships from companies due to limited space.
Speaking at the 6th annual East African Communications Association-EACA
conference convened virtually at Uganda Christian University, Okwakol said that
institutions should consider developing approaches favouring companies offer
mentorship to students.
A successful internship provides students with professional work
experience in a structured environment with assistance from experts. They are
assigned with mentors and school-based internship coordinators to advise them
on how to navigate particular worksite cultures on top of interacting with
other experienced workers.
Prof. Okwakol advises companies to familiarize themselves with virtual systems
and not give up on mentoring students since they both get a chance for someone
with fresh ideas and allowing students to bring out their previous experiences.
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Josephine Kinyanzu, a participant who attended the conference from Kenya noted
that training institutions should ensure equipping learners with the capacity
to collect data and information using digital technologies.
Prof. Monica Chibita, the Dean Faculty of Journalism, Media and Communication
at UCU advised media organizations to adopt systems of imparting skills and
effectively by making use of computer and telephone applications.
She also notes that media houses can start coming to students and offer
practical training at the campus where there is space.
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The EACA was established in 2011 to serve as a platform for media and
communications experts, researchers, academics, policymakers, regulators and
media practitioners in Eastern Africa.
Dr Emilly Comfort Maractho, the Director of UCU Africa Policy
Center, the conference convener says the platform gives professionals working
in the fields of journalism, communications and academics a chance to share
perspectives and replicate models to generate research papers and presentations
for publication in scholarly journals such as the African Journal of