In a recent development, the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) has announced significant progress in the new curriculum. Under this framework, learners completing primary seven are now eligible to join tertiary institutions, marking a pivotal step towards inclusive education.
While celebrating this milestone, heads of technical schools and colleges are urging the government to focus on refurbishing and expanding infrastructure. The increasing numbers in tertiary institutions necessitate a proactive approach to ensure a conducive learning environment.
Technical colleges play a crucial role in providing specialized training in various vocational areas, including engineering, healthcare, information technology, automotive, and culinary arts. This unique approach empowers students with practical skills directly applicable to their chosen professions.
UBTEB’s individualized assessment approach
UBTEB Executive Secretary, Oyesigye Onesmus, has highlighted a shift in assessment methods. This year’s evaluation includes individual assessments for both practical and theoretical components, a departure from the previous group assessments.
Principal of Kakiika Technical Institute, Mubingi Albert Musiinguzi, acknowledges the benefits of the new curriculum. Students now have the chance to be assessed after six months, receiving a certificate that acknowledges their achievements.
As the number of students in tertiary institutions continues to rise, Mubingi calls on the government to address the pressing need for additional infrastructure. This is crucial for maintaining the quality of education and ensuring a positive learning experience.
In conclusion, the strides made by UBTEB in promoting technical education demonstrate a commitment to shaping a skilled and empowered workforce. As the call for increased enrollment, especially among girls, gains momentum, addressing infrastructure challenges becomes imperative for a sustainable and inclusive educational landscape.