By Solomon Hamala
The former Minister for Tourism, Daudi Migeroko has Basoga should embrace vocational education if the region is to get out of poverty.
Migereko gave this advice on Saturday 5th June 2021, while officiating at the closure of a one week skills competition for eastern Uganda held at Iganga Technical Institute.
Migeroko said most parents enroll their children for highly competitive courses at universities yet there are no job opportunities available.
“The same children who have completed their education come back home and become a burden to their parents by demanding for assistance,” he said.
Migereko said majority of technical institutions in Busoga region have huge modern structures set up by government yet the enrolment is very low.
“Most of the students at these institutions hail from different areas instead of Busoga,” he said.
He said poverty will continue biting most households in Busoga region unless parents realize the need to encourage their children to embrace vocational training to become job creators instead of seekers.
Migereko who is also the chairman Uganda tourism board (UTB), urged government to increase funding towards holding regional skills’ trainings across the country as a way of improving competency of students.
A recent report released by the Uganda bureau of statistics (UBOS) ranked Busoga region as having the highest number of poor households earning less than a dollar in day.
The Technical Delegate World Skills Uganda, Jason Stuart Mwesigwa said majority of teaching staff in technical institutions lack exposure to new technological skills from big manufacturing corporations which they would in turn pass over to their students.
“Instead the students are the ones who get the advantage to learn these new skills during their internship,” he said.
Mwesigwa urged parents to encourage their children to embrace vocational skills saying there are high hopes of many employment opportunities especially with the introduction of oil and petrol.
The Principal Iganga Technical Institute, David Eliachu said the delay by parents to clear school dues has affected the effective running of business.
Eliachu said 345 students failed to return back after the COVID 19 outbreak and are suspected to have engaged in early marriage or pregnancy since majority were girls.
During the competition Iganga technical institute emerged the overall winner of this year’s eastern region skills competition after scooping the best in cabinet making, electrical installation and automotive technology categories.
The skills competition manager world skills Uganda, Dominic Kyambadde said the three overall students from Iganga technical institute are eligible to take part in the national skills competition slated to take part in Kampala later this year.