Education Ministry Reviews Vocational Professionals’ Framework to Improve Competency



The Education and Sports Ministry is considering vigorous reforms into the vocational professional's framework to improve the competences of trainees.

Dr. Safina Kisu Museene, the Commissioner Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training-BTVET in the Education Ministry, says the proposed adjustments are intended to produce highly skilled professionals.

Speaking at the conference of Principals and Tutors of Health Training Institutions in Masaka district, Dr. Museene indicated that the proposed education policy adjustments will include expanding Vocational trainee’s qualification up-to post graduate academic levels including Master and Doctorates-PHD levels.

She explains that they are currently working on compiling suitable training content that will ensure that vocational professionals produced locally can favorably compete for jobs at regional and international markets.

She says the policy reviews will equally benefit other professional bodies like in medical training institutions, where hands-on training and skills development will highly be emphasized to ensure that all graduates have acquired the required competence to start off work once they are pass out.

Museene explains that once adopted, the reforms will save government the cost and time that is spent on orienting new recruits in different positions of work.

Dr. Museene says the Ministry has agreed with government to establish and operationalize an independent Technical Vocational Education and Training-TVET council, which will be funded to oversee standard and attend to skills development needs in training institutions.

She expects the policy framework to begin operating with the next financial year of 2020/21.

Grace Aninge, the General Secretary of the Association of Principals of Health Training Institutions OF Uganda-APHTIU, says they welcome the reviews, which she says will enable them to have more practical lessons in their institutions.

She explains that some institutions cannot afford to conduct sufficient practical lessons due to the constraints they are faced with, something that has a had an impact on the quality of learning.


UNRA On the Spot for Failing to Repair Drainage Channels on Ntungamo-Rukungiri Road



Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has come under fire from road users for failing to repair drainage channels along Ntungamo –Rukungiri road l.

The most affected areas are in Rutunguri, Kagarama town council, Nyamunuka town council and Kyangara. The situation has been worsened by the onset of the heavy rains.

Jackson Turyaguma, a motorist says that abandoning the drainage has made the road very bad by depositing soil and stones in the middle of the road whenever it rains.

Denis Muhumuza Savimbi, the LCV councillor for Itojo Sub County says that UNRA has failed to do routine maintenance of the road which he says will, in turn, compromise its lifespan. He says that UNRA should bear in mind the amount of money that will be required to have a new road in place.

Edward Natamba the Executive Director at South Western Institute for policy and advocacy says that the failure by UNRA to open drainage channels is hurting the smooth flow of traffic along the road. He says that the rainstorm always brings and piles soil in the middle of the road making it hard for motorists to drive safely.

Ntungamo Sub-county LCV councillor Naboth Mpirirwe says that the sections at Kyangara, Rutunguru,Kagarama and Kagamba have been seriously affected and the district authorities do not seem bothered.

Kajara county MP, Michael Timuzigu says that UNRA has failed to live to the expectations of the people, He says that the failure to maintain the drainage channels along the road is resulting into accidents which are claiming lives are leaving several others injured and struggling with hospital bills.

Allan Ssempebwa., the UNRA Manager Media Relations, Public and Corporate Affairs say that the authority is already working on roads to address the drainage challenges. He says that works are currently underway along the Ntungamo –Kabale road and will be extended to the Ntungamo –Rukungiri road so that the disruption of traffic is brought to a halt.



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