Technical and vocational education and training, according to President Museveni, is the answer to the country’s young unemployment problem.
Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister of General Duties, presented Museveni’s remarks as the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) celebrated ten years of remarkable progress since its creation in 2011.
The president stated that in order to tap into the regional and continental markets, the country must first address the issue of quality, adding that the goal should be to manufacture high-quality, efficient products for the global market.
“I encourage Ugandans to pursue vocational education and mobilize those who are still skeptical to send their children to learn useful skills, regardless of their level of schooling or socioeconomic background.” “This is a skills generation and era,” he remarked.
The president congratulated UBTEB on attaining this significant milestone and on its commitment to the education sector through skills assessment, stating that since the NRM took power, education has been more accessible at all levels.
He claimed that the implementation of Universal Elementary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) resulted in high enrolment rates at both the primary and secondary levels, which he claims explains why Uganda’s adult literacy rate has increased from 43% in 1986 to 76.5 percent now.
He stated that while Ugandans are more educated today, the country continues to face a skills gap despite an increase in the number of people who can read and write.
“The skills gap was purposefully created by the colonial education system, which we inherited.” It appears to be created with the intention of producing clerks and administrators to assist the colonial authority. This style of education produces people who solely desire white collar professions and lack the necessary abilities to produce goods and services for the market, either as employers or as employees,” he said.
Onesmus Oyesigye, the executive secretary at UBTEB, said that over the years, they have stayed true to their basic ideals of integrity and professionalism, which has allowed the country to successfully conduct all test series without any leakages.
“We’ve strengthened our ties with industry and other potential employers to ensure that they’re included in the evaluation of TVET candidates.” This has ensured the quality of our graduates over the years,” he remarked.