The State Minister of Education for Higher learning, John Muyingo has urged all higher institutions of learning in the country to offer technology skills to all students doing different courses in order to enable them compete favourably in the global job market.
Minister Muyingo noted that the 4th Industrial Revolution is already in Uganda and being used in every sector and hence any graduate that cannot use it will not be employable.
The Minister reiterates the need for government and the private education sector to work together to ensure that all young Ugandans in these institutions are impacted with innovative technological skills.
“We have introduced new curriculum in the higher institute, primary level and now lower secondary. The new curriculums are focused on imparting practical skills and enabling students to be innovative, creative and independent thinkers,” he observed.
”I urge all universities and other training institutions to incorporate technology in all subjects so they are able to work in the current job market that is highly dependent on technology.”
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)—characterized by the fusion of the digital, biological, and physical worlds, as well as the growing utilization of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and advanced wireless technologies, among others—has ushered in a new era of economic disruption with uncertain socio-economic consequences for Africa.
The minister noted that although there are still major challenges like lack of enough infrastructure, the high internet cost and lack of well trained and skilled trainers, government is doing everything possible to create a conducive environment for the education sector to implement the new school curriculum that will reduce on unemployment in the long run.
He was speaking at the official opening of the 2nd annual education conference organised by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) at hotel Africana Kampala from Monday 16th to 17th of March 2020.
The conference which is being attended by heads of higher institutions, government officials and members of the private sector is being held under the theme; ‘Higher Education and Private Sector Engagement: Preparing Uganda’s Human Capital for the 4th Industrial Revolution.’
Speaking at the same event, the Executive Director NCHE Professor Mary Okwakol said the Council is carrying out a national survey for all higher institutions of learning on their abilities to use technology in teaching students.
“Once we have done this survey, we will grade the institutions and devise solutions for each group so that we are able to help our students to learn better,” she observed.
“What we want is to produce graduates that are highly skilled and able to innovate or compete favourably in the national but also the global market.”
In related news, the Minister warned institutions which are teaching courses that have not been certified by NCHE to immediately seek approval or face the strong arm of the law.