Uganda's Deputy Speaker Calls for Review of University Courses Before Licensing

The Ugandan Deputy Speaker calls for government review of university courses before licensing, highlighting the need for quality and relevant higher education to support the country's development goals.

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Uganda's Deputy Speaker Calls for Review of University Courses Before Licensing

Uganda's Deputy Speaker Calls for Review of University Courses Before Licensing

Thomas Tayebwa, the Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, has called on the government to assess university courses before licensing educational institutions. Tayebwa made this statement during the fourth graduation ceremony of King Ceasor University, where over 240 students graduated in various courses.

Tayebwa expressed concern that some universities have "zero teacher hours" yet still pay their staff when they are on leave. He urged the government to prioritize the issue of licensing institutions, stating, "It makes no sense for the government to license universities without first reviewing their respective courses."

The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Paul Ssemogerere, also addressed the graduates at the ceremony. He advised them to refrain from corruption and dishonesty in their future workplaces.

During the event, the First Lady of Uganda and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, praised King Ceasor University for its commitment to excellence, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The university produced 102 graduates from its School of Medicine, Health, and Life Sciences.

Tayebwa commended the university's significant financial investment, which has created employment opportunities in the country. The Chancellor of the university, HE HM King Ceasor Mulenga T G, encouraged the graduates to be innovative and make a positive impact in their communities.

Why this matters: The call for government review of university courses before licensing highlights the importance of ensuring the quality and relevance of higher education in Uganda. As the country works towards its Vision 2040 goals, it is essential that graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to the nation's development.

King Ceasor University is expanding its offerings to include master's degrees, PhDs, and other postgraduate qualifications. The institution is also exploring partnerships with universities abroad and an Indian company to enhance its programs. As Uganda strives to achieve its Vision 2040, the graduates were tasked to embrace technology in the evolving world and apply their knowledge to make a positive impact in their communities.

Key Takeaways

  • Ugandan Deputy Speaker calls for gov't review of university courses before licensing
  • Concerns raised over "zero teacher hours" and staff pay at some universities
  • Kampala Archbishop advises graduates to avoid corruption and dishonesty
  • Uganda's First Lady praises King Ceasor University's STEM programs
  • Graduates urged to embrace technology and contribute to Uganda's development