By Andrew Ssenyonga
THE Government has been advised to increase support towards private institutions. The Wakiso district women MP Rosemary Sseninde said: Private institutions and vocational colleges are playing a big role in supplementing government programmes. But they need more support.
“In order to attract parents’ support and motivate pupils and students to embrace skills development, there is urgent need to enhance the status and attractiveness of skills development,” she said.
Sseninde, who was on Saturday presiding over the tenth graduation ceremony of Lady Valeria Vocation and Business College Matugga, urged the central government to supply private vocational colleges with equipment.
“A college like Lady Valeria is helping the Government reduce the number of job-seekers by producing job-creators. But they need equipment such as computers and laboratory chemicals. The Government should also consider granting loans to such colleges,” she said.
A total of 300 students received diplomas and certificates in electrical installation, catering and hotel management, secretarial studies, nursery teaching, motor vehicle mechanics and fashion and design.
The guest speaker at the function Frank Gashumba of SISIMUKA Uganda noted that the critical interventions in skilling Uganda include the development of a comprehensive public-private partnership and building a unified body to manage skills development.
He said the programme must also incorporate ICT to make graduates multi-skilled and highly competitive in the job market.
“This is a dot com era, everyone has to a little knowledge about ICT,” Gashumba said.
Gashumba said the SISIMUKA foundation was influential in increasing literacy levels in Uganda and helping the needy.
“We have been sponsoring students at Lady Valeria under the foundation, he said.
The college director, Violah Naluwooza Ndaula, urged parents to send their children for vocational courses.
“Students who attend vocational colleges don’t look for jobs but start their own,” she said.