Kyambogo University Outlines Vision for Teachers Colleges

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The university says it is in advanced stages of setting up regional learning centres to de-congest the main campus and enhance access and quality of teachers education in the country.

Kyambogo University is considering reviewing the teaching curricula to match challenges of education in the 21st century.
Among the changes the institution is proposing include introducing new courses, and expanding and decentralising some of the existing programmes to national teachers colleges across the country.
The university says it is in advanced stages of setting up regional learning centres to decongest the main campus and enhance access and quality of teachers' education in the country.
Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, the vice chancellor of Kaymbogo University says the move is part of the strategic measures to address increasing demands for higher education in the country.
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Professor Katunguka says the University has already revised the grading system for all diploma courses to match international standards as required by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). 
Professor Katunguka explained that the University will also set up a panel of tutors lecturing in the various national teachers colleges to set and administer teachers' examinations. He says to enhance management of student records, a robust Information, Communication and Technology system has been set up for e-registration and payment of functional fees.
The vice chancellor was speaking at Unyama National Teachers College during the institution's 5th graduation ceremony on Friday. He said students who graduate in typewriting can no longer find employment in secondary schools after the programme was phased off the national teachers' education curriculum.
Among the new courses the University seeks to introduce is a degree programme in Early Childhood and Development (ECD) education. He said there is exponential increase in demands for higher education in the country.
Among the programmes dropped by the University is typewriting which was phased off the curriculum.
Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education, said government introduced the Skilling Uganda Programmes to unlock the potential of productivity in response to unemployment challenges which have left many graduates on the streets due to lack of skills.


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.