Universities wary as parastatals start training schools

Universities and other tertiary institutions have warned government against duplicating their roles by establishing training institutions within parastatals to teach similar courses they are mandated to do as it wastes taxpayers' money, writes Patience Ahimbisibwe for The Monitor.

National Water and Sewerage Corporation training manager, Dr Martin Kalibbala, said because most of the graduates that have joined their institutions have consistently failed to perform even when they have presented academic documents with good grades, they have resolved to put up vocational institutions to train those who will be working with them in the skills needed. He told participants at an engineering conference at Makerere University last week that the Ministry of Education has already accredited Ggaba Vocational Skills Development Institute while Kachung in Lira District is under construction and that these will be used to retool their technicians.

Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd senior engineer, Musa Mukula, also said his company was in the final stages of starting its own training institute because most of the people they take on lack the skills needed on the job.
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