KAMPALA – Shortly after celebration of the 10th anniversary, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations – UBTEB has on Saturday tabled the full program for Technical and Vocational Education and Training – TVET examination for April-May 2022.
Board Executive Secretary, Mr. Onesmus Oyesigye revealed that a total of 24,860 students from 261 examinations centres will sit their examination series from 19th April to 27 May 2022.
Addressing the press on Saturday at the UBTEB Secretariat in Ntinda, the ES said a total of 6,963 students, 1,157 of who are females, are doing their Higher National Diploma-Technical and Vocational Diploma from 19th April to 2nd May.
3,050 students doing Physical Sciences, Biological and Agricultural Sciences will sit their exams from April 13 to May 12. 1,107 of these are females.
Another category of Business and Humanities will see a total of 14,847 students do their exams April 22 to May 6. 10,293 of these are females.
Oyesigye told the media that since the opening of Education and training institution in November 2021, UBTEB has conducted two phases of examinations for candidates pursuing Technical and Vocational Education and Training – TVET programmes across the country from December 13 – 22, 2021 and from January 24 to February 2, 2022, respectively.
“The Board released the results of candidates who sat for examinations in January February 2022 on 11 April 2022. The Board registered progressive improvements in candidates’ performance.”
He revealed that they registered a total of 37 candidates with special needs including, deaf dyslexia and physical disability for which the Board has deployed 8 support personnel to assist them.
The Board conducted other continuous assessment processes like assessment of real-life projects for candidates pursuing Higher National Diploma-Technical and Vocational Diploma programmes
As part of the implementation of TVET policy reforms, NDPI11 recommendations, the Executive Secretary said the Board has rolled out modularized assessment syllabi for all Uganda Community Polytechnic Certificates (UCPC) and 13 National Certificate Technical programmes effective 2022 in take The Board will conduct first modularized assessment in July 2022.
He said it is very important to make TVET courses more prominent through programs like the loan scheme, saying that the TVET is the game-changer since technical products are job creators.
He also decried the “very expensive” materials needed for these courses “especially now that we are pushing for competence-based training” and students must do exactly what they are supposed to do in the field.
“Even government putting up infrastructure, procuring more equipment but these require materials for students use,” said ES.
He is, however, optimistic that the government will subsidize technical education.
Mr. Oyesigye appealed to Heads of centres and candidates to adhere and observe Standard and to desist from involvement in any form of examinations malpractices to avoid tough penalties.
Officiating at the Board’s 10th anniversary last month at Hotel Africana, President Yoweri Museveni challenged Ugandans to embrace technical and vocational education if they are to fight unemployment.Museveni said that despite the increased number of people who can read, write and count, Uganda is still grappling with the skills gap.
lonial education system which we inherited as the country. It was simply designed to produce administrators to support the colonial government. This type of education creates people who only want white-collar jobs with no skills to enable them to produce goods and services for the market either as we have a big number of unemployed people in our country.”
According to him, the problem of unemployment can be solved by promoting skills-based courses.