Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK) will start the Printing Science course this year. This follows the request made by the executive committee of the Uganda Printers Association (UPA) to the Polytechnic's administration,
By Dan nSalasatta
Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (UPK) will start the Printing Science course this year. This follows the request made by the executive committee of the Uganda Printers Association (UPA) to the Polytechnic's administration, to establish a Printing Training Department.
"This course is expected to start in April depending upon the accomplishment of procurements and mobilisation of the basic requirements for the course which is in full gear," Dr Mpandey, principal of UPK, said.
Francis Wakida, the vice-chairperson and training co-ordinator of UPA, said, "Members of the executive had written and held numerous meetings with the principal of the school expressing the need for the establishment of the printers' training school in the country. 'We are pleased now that he has responded to our call," he said.
The printing industry employs over 20,000 people and these are generally school dropouts and retrenched public and civil servants. There are less than five people holding degrees in printing science throughout the country. "We believe the beginning of the school will bring respect to the profession and the industry and the employees will get to know the importance and ethics of the industry," Wakida said.
According to the letter from Dr. Basina Mpandey, the Acting Principal UPK, to UPA executive, "We shall, together with your association, have to conduct a needs assessment for this type of training in Uganda and basing on the report draw up a syllabus."
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