The Minister of State for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo has ordered the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza to dismiss officials in acting capacities who are not performing and promote those who perform.
Muyingo made the order after he was informed that the Acting Director of Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) Patrick Byakatonda has been in the acting capacity for over 3 years.
He was representing the First Lady and Education Minister Janet Museveni at the release of the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework Assessment Results (UVQF) at DIT in Kampala on Thursday.
“We need to be serious. Why do we keep somebody acting for years? If he is not capable, throw him out. I am directing the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports to make sure that within the shortest time possible, you do away with all those officers who are not performing instead of keeping them in acting capacity for years and years,” Muyingo ordered.
The students have been assessed and certified along with principles of competency based Assessment in Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.
The enrollment of candidates increased from 45,957 in 2018 to 62,772 in 201.
Mrs Museveni represented by Muyingo commended the fact that assessment centers have also increased from 1,006 in 2018 to 1,089 in 2019.
The diversification of DIT to cover sections of secondary schools in the country, Muyingo said is a welcome development.
“The implementation of this dual system of education will increase the opportunities for our learners by giving them a chance to study both generic and vocational education systems concurrently. This is what we are implementing in the new lower secondary school curriculum as it exposes the learners to different learning methods,” said Muyingo.
He applauded the system saying that it makes learning more practical and produces citizens who are enterprising and able to meet the demands of the world of work.
“This is the only way to go if we are to get out of this poverty. This is where money is, but just because people don’t know. Now the senior sixes who are waiting, everybody is thinking joining the university,” he said.
The Minister added that as Government, they will continue supporting skilling initiatives such as the presidential initiative on skilling the girl and boy child, non-formal skills training program under the Ministry of Education among others.
Muyingo called on youth to utilize available skilling opportunities put in place by Government to acquire relevant, marketable skills that suit the dynamic world.
“That is where jobs are. The youth will be very dangerous if they are not employed. Initially people used to undermine vocational education but now the system has streamlined. This is where Government has decided to put money,” he said.