KAMPALA – The Ministry of Education and Sports through the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) has begun training assessors, lecturers, and tutors as part of the process to implement the new Business Technical Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) curriculum.
Eng Dr Silver Mugisha, the chairperson of Uganda Business &Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB), said the training emphasizes competence-based education and training and competency-based assessment.
He said the practical subject will account for 70 per cent of the student’s input while 30 per cent will go to theory.
Mr Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports, said the competencies are based on the demands of industries and work fields. He says the new curriculum involves the participation in training by industry that consumes the diploma graduates in the manufacturing, construction, agriculture, competence-based and gas programmes.
“The world is changing and so is education. We have changed the curriculum. Our assessment shall be more competence-based. These employers are mainly interested in what you can do. They don’t care whether you completed P7 or university,” Mr Kakooza cautioned during the training in Kampala on Tuesday.
He appealed to employers to partner with them in the implementation of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy.
He explained that under the policy, students will be studying theory for three days while another three days will be for practicals.
“We need each other to develop. Kindly give us your input. Let us know what and how you want us to assess. We request that we be partners. We shall not be able to train vocational education without the industry. When we train the students, we expect that when they come to your industries, you will also train them,” Mr Kakooza said.
The training will be facilitated by representatives from Agricultural sector skills council, Oil and gas sector skills council, manufacturing sector skills council and construction sector skills council.