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Technical schools to train dropouts

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th May 2011 03:00 AM

THE heads of 13 technical and vocational institutions in eastern Uganda have signed a memorandum of understanding with the education ministry to implement a school leavers’ skills training programme beginning this month.

THE heads of 13 technical and vocational institutions in eastern Uganda have signed a memorandum of understanding with the education ministry to implement a school leavers’ skills training programme beginning this month.

By Joseph Wanzusi

THE heads of 13 technical and vocational institutions in eastern Uganda have signed a memorandum of understanding with the education ministry to implement a school leavers’ skills training programme beginning this month.

The institutions that signed the memorandum after a one-day regional sensitisation meeting at Shine On Hotel in Mbale town include Iganga, Naluyire, Jinja, Nile and Nkoko Memorial technical institutes.

Other schools to implement the non-formal training are Kaliro, Kapchorwa, Katakwi, Kasodo, Nagwere technical schools and Kakira Community Polytechnic.

According to the guidelines, the Government shall pay grants for the school leavers between 18-35 years of age with a minimum level of Primary Seven to university graduates who do not have formal employment.

Addressing the meeting on Friday, the senior education officer business, technical and vocational education and training, Loy Muhwezi, said the training has been designed to enable school leavers acquire skills of their choice that will make the trainees employable.

“Each trainee will receive a grant of sh220,000 per module lasting three months to ensure that the programme produces competent skilled persons ready to do or create work and contribute to the productivity of the national economy,” Muhwezi said.

Muhwezi told the meeting that the Government through the education ministry has committed sh1b for this training for the unemployed, school dropouts and graduates at different levels.

“The institutions implementing the programme will be obliged to display the number of trainees, names of trainees per module and the funds received to enable the public, local councils, trainees, parents and teams from the education ministry access the information,” Muhwezi explained.


Technical schools to train dropouts

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