Science Lectures Incompetent--Don

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The lack of competence by lectures to comprehend issues is failing science graduates in the country.

The lack of competence by lectures to comprehend issues is failing science graduates in the country.

The Vice Chancellor Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Professor Frederick Kayanja says there is no need for a student to study science subjects without knowing what terrain they are going to operate in.

Prof. Kayanja, an Ebola survivor recalls that upon leaving the hospital, members of the public ran away from him because of not knowing how to prevent contracting the disease.

He was speaking at the Vice Chancellors’ Forum under the theme, “the Relevance of University education in the transformation of Uganda” on Friday.

Lectures are urged to understand the problem, make it realistic to the students who will then share the knowledge with members of the public. Prof. Kayanja adds that this is only possible if science lectures appreciate life and impart skills to students which they themselves posses.

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He stresses the need to enhance the students’ interest in conducting experiments, analysis of results and the drawing of valid conclusions. Kayanja suggests that all practice of science be accompanied by a sense of justice and respect for all human beings.

Bwanika Daniel, a lecturer in Environmental science at Kampala International University said there is a lot of theoretical learning in the universities with the lecturers repeating things they don’t understand themselves.

Bwanika says the lack of demonstration to the students forces them to cram the theory making them less practical in the field.

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Prof. Kayanja calls on universities to make the public aware of issues such as starvation, food insecurity, malnutrition, maternal and child mortality, infectious diseases, water and health among others.

He argues that universities are no longer ivory towers but a means to address public issues through practical innovations in the methodology of programme delivery.

However, Professor Abdul Kasozi, the Executive Director National Council for Higher Education observed that there are few admissions for science and technology. This is despite the requirement that all students at Ordinary level study science yet there are no set structures to encourage them to specialize in the subject at higher levels.