THE recently released UACE results show that more than 70,000 students may miss admission to university.
The number of candidates who obtained two principal passes is twice the 30,000 vacancies available at the five public and 24 private universities in Uganda. This means that over 31,000 will not get easily admitted.
Todayâ€™s Senior Six leavers are under increasing pressure from the Government, employers, universities and often schools and parents to go to university. But university is not the only option. It is worth noting that a significant number of students either drop out of university each year without completing their course because of financial constraints. Some complete, but often with poor results in courses that are not competitive enough on the job market.
This situation calls for critical planning and searching for alternatives by both parents and students. The alternatives are several but with a limited database about higher education, it remains a big challenge for parents to access authoritative information to help them make informed decisions about the right institutions to enroll and what courses to undertake.
Planning for university education should focus beyond the universities in Uganda. Consider joining a vocational training college within any country in the East African region. The East African integration has made this process much easier by harmonising education policies in the region. There are several institutions of higher learning within, East Africa, South Africa, India, the United Kingdom and the United States among others.
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Arthur Baguma Nsimomwe
EDITORâ€™S NOTE: New Vision will help you make an informed decision