By Conan Businge
UGANDA will soon get another foreign owned university and a ninth international school according to the Turkish Consul in Uganda Melih Ulueren.
If the University starts, Uganda will have attained the 31st university. There are already 30 universities in the country. Of these, much as there is a growing need of thousands of students seeking university education, there are only six public universities; including Makerere, Mbarara, Gulu, Kyambogo and Muni in West Nile.
“We hope that in future we will also have a University started in Uganda. The country has a great education system which we strongly believe we should invest in, for the betterment of learners,” the ambassador said.
He made the remarks last weekend after the graduation ceremony, in which he officiated the passing out of candidates who excelled in their Advanced Level examinations last year at Turkish Light Academy.
Due to the limited number of universities in Uganda, a total of 51,296 candidates who sat for final senior six national examinations last year will not be admitted in any university in the country come mid this year.
The 30 universities in the country will accommodate not more than 50,000 students in the forthcoming academic year. Last year, universities accommodated only 47,000 students.
Of all the 102,296 candidates who sat for examinations, only 65,417 got the required two principle passes, a requirement for one to be admitted to any university in Uganda. This means, there will be about 52,296 candidates who will have to miss out on university intakes this year.
More so, the Turkish international school will basically be for secondary scholars, and will later be followed by the primary wing. This will be in addition of the other international schools which are already in the country.
Ambrosoli International School, Heritage Intl School, Kampala International School-Uganda, Rainbow International School, Acorns International Pre School, Ecole Francaise de Kampala, Kabira International School, Aga Khan High School
“Parents will not have to take their children outside Uganda to attain international education. With more international schools opening up in Uganda, the country now has various options for its children’s education,” Hakan Ulus, the head teacher of Turkish Light Academy added.
Students, who study from international schools, have an opportunity to sit for International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (abbreviated IGCSE) is an internationally recognised qualification for school students, typically in the 14–16 age-group. It is similar to the GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Standard Grade in Scotland or Junior Certificate in the Republic of Ireland.
The IGCSE is an international alternative to many popular national curricula. However, unlike many school-leaving qualifications, the IGCSE is not a group award or "certificate of education" as in many countries.
It is a qualification based on individual subjects of study, meaning one receives an "IGCSE” qualification for each subject one takes. For this reason, schools worldwide have different expectations for their students as to how many IGCSEs should be taken.