As the country pushes towards the improvement of citizens’ skills, the International Vocational Education and Training Association has recognized the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, for her contribution towards vocational training in Uganda.
The Vice Chairperson of the Parliamentary Forum on Quality Education, John Twesigye (NRM, Bunyaruguru), presented the award to the Speaker at her office as the exhibition for the Business Technical Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) came to an end at Parliament.
“This is an appreciation by International Vocational Education and Training Association. It is an award of excellence in recognition for your contribution towards BTVET in Uganda,” said Twesigye.
Kadaga, who has on various occasions urged the youth to take up vocational training considering that they cannot all get absorbed in white collar jobs, was one of four people awarded. Others were Karamoja minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye and the First Lady Janet Museveni.
On Saturday, at the launch of a tree planting project at Teso College Aloet, Kadaga questioned the government’s move to scrap technical subjects from the Ordinary Level syllabus that offer vocational training.
“The decision to remove these subjects is detrimental to us because we will miss out on a certain skill-set which is very crucial for artisan work,” she said, adding that “These subjects are good at equipping the population with skills that help create jobs.”
The Speaker noted that it would not be possible to skill Ugandans when vocational subjects are scrapped from the syllabus.