More Ugandans Seeking Vocational Technical Education

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Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the boards chairperson says that in 2011, the Board registered more than 12,000 pioneer candidates. The number rose to 45,064 in 2012, a momentum that was maintained in subsequent years. Today they have 62,896 candidates

More than 62,000 candidates are sitting for the 11th series of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations starting today.

This is the highest number of candidates registered ever since the inception of the Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) in 2011. They include 45,879 males and 17,017 are females - an increment of 7,363 candidates.

UBTEB Executive Secretary Onesmus Oyesigye told URN that the examinations will be conducted for all registered candidates in National Technical Craft, Agriculture, Business, Cooperatives, Fisheries, Meteorology, Lands and Survey programmes.

The examinations according to Oyesigye, involve candidates sitting for practical and theory examinations that are oriented towards Competence Based Education Training (CBET) followed by industrial training thereafter. The process will lead to the award of Certificates and Diplomas.

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the board's chairperson says that in 2011, the Board registered more than 12,000 pioneer candidates. The number rose to 45,064 in 2012, a momentum that was maintained in subsequent years. Today they have 62,896 candidates

Prof. Baryamureeba said that the surge in the number of students joining technical institutions is an indication of changing attitudes among Ugandans embracing skills development programmes.
 
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URN spoke to a cross section of vocational students and technical education instructors who shared the secret behind their interests in embracing skills development as hands on experience ready for job market in Uganda's human resource gaps.
 
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Dominic Ochola
Dominic Ochola has been a journalist since 2009. Worked for King 90.2 FM in 2007 as a Reporter the later joined Radio Rupiny 95.7 FM as a Presenter and Traffic Controller. Under Vision Group, he was redeployed to Lira in 2012 as Sub Editor for Rupiny Newspaper until 2014.

He also had one year spell as Reporter at the Irene Gleeson Foundation, a faith based Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm in 2015 before joining Uganda Radio Network (URN) 2016 as Special Projects Correspondent covering Education.

In 2018, he was redeployed by URN as Bureau Chief Acholi East and later transferred to West Acholi as Bureau Chief based in Gulu effective 1st June 2019 covering Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro Districts. For Ochola, URN is a modern day newsroom that inspires engaging citizen-driven journalism.