400 graduate with vocational skills at Uganda Technical College Kyema

He also encouraged the female students to embrace vocational studies, saying they are trustworthy, fast, and can deliver like men.

Masindi: It was splendorous and joyous occasion at Uganda Technical College (UTC) Kyema in Masindi district after students graduated in vocational skills.

Out of 400 students who graduated, 79 were female and were awarded certificates and diplomas in different courses.

The state minister for higher education, John Chrysestom Muyingo, represented the minister for education and sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni, as the chief guest at the colorful 5th graduation ceremony that took place at the college’s playgrounds on Friday, April 26, 2024.

The minister said that the government is committed to ensuring all youth are skilled to curb unemployment and reduce criminality in the country.

‘’The government’s commitment is to skill Ugandans, particularly the youth, by establishing vocational institutions in all constituencies, starting with one per district. With skills, one can’t fail to get a job,’’ he said.

Minister Muyingo also noted that, ‘’To develop our economy we need skills, to get an employment we need skills, let us embrace skills training and encourage many people as possible to acquire the skills for better livelihood.’’

He also encouraged the female students to embrace vocational studies, saying they are trustworthy, fast, and can deliver like men.

Andrew Musaazi, the college principal, commended the government and community for their support. He also asked grandaunts to be job creators, not seekers, and put to use the skills and knowledge they have attained while at the college.

Francis Kyomuhendo, the college chairperson of the governing council, however, stressed that the number of students is still slow, mostly among females.

‘’Currently, we have 738 students, and of these, 330 are pursuing diploma courses in different trainings. We have enough structures, but the number of students is still wanting,’’ he stressed.

Kyomuhendo, however, asked graduates to go out and be good ambassadors for both vocational skills and the college, adding that the opportunities are open and they should be ready to utilize them.

He also disclosed that out of 83 staff, only 30 are on government payroll, and others are paid by the governing council. Kyomuhendo therefore asked the government to consider Kyema when recruiting lecturers.

Cosmas Byaruhanga, the Masindi District LC5 Chairman, asked graduates to upgrade for further studies, noting that there is a high demand for their professionals.

He, however, asked the government to consider rehabilitating traditional schools like Kabalega Secondary School and Sir Tito Winyi SS Hoima, saying the output for students is still low yet they feed the colleges with students.

In response, Minister Muyingo said that he would submit the issues to the ministry for consideration.

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Innocent Atuganyira

Innocent Atuganyira is a resilient multimedia journalist, a born of the oil-rich Buliisa district but working in Masindi District, Mid-Western Uganda. Contact: +256786816091/ WhatsApp +256757022363

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