For the last two decades, Government of Uganda has successfully implemented a number of reforms in the education sector. As a result, many youth have accessed basic education but lack necessary skills required by the labour market, hence the revitalization of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to address the labour market needs.
A consultative meeting to establish the TVET council, which is required to facilitate discussions on the country’s aspiration of skilling the people of Uganda, was held at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
The high level meeting brought together Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Development Partners, and employers in the private sector. They met to discuss the effective organization and management of skills development in the country.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who was the chief guest, informed the meeting that he established a Reform Task Force (RTF) to guide the skills implementation strategic plan.
He said the RTF developed a proposal to establish a Skills Development Authority (SDA), which is now under review following the President’s guidance on setting up authorities.
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni, observed that employers determine the kind of skills required in their respective sectors adding that it is important that they work together with government to build a competent workforce to supply the labour market.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Alex Kakooza, made a presentation on the proposed TVET Council.
The Chairperson Education Development Partners, who is also the Belgium Ambassador to Uganda H.E Hugo Verbist, pledged continued support to implement the TVET framework.
Other statements of support were made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and social Development Pius Bigirimana.
The 10-year strategic Plan for Business, Technical Education and Training (BTVET), commonly known as ‘Skilling Uganda’, calls for a paradigm shift in skills development.