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Rationale and Challenges of Technical Vocational Education and Training in Uganda

Rationale and Challenges of Technical Vocational Education and Training in Uganda
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Author(s): James C. Okware (Kyambogo University, Uganda) and Willy Ngaka (Makerere University, Uganda)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 19
Source title: Technical Education and Vocational Training in Developing Nations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie (Ebonyi State University, Nigeria) and Asfa M. Yasin (PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education (NCERT), India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1811-2.ch002


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This chapter examines the rationale for TVET in Uganda, identifying the challenges it faces and suggesting possible solutions. It is premised on the assumption that education; especially TVET, is the supply side of the economy in Uganda; whereas the labor market and job enterprises are its demand side. For effective and sustainable employability of graduates, there should be a balance between them. But despite its potential, TVET in Uganda still faces a variety of challenges; including stigma, low esteem and parity of status with its academic counterpart, policy inconsistency, endemic public corruption, philosophical dis-orientation, as well as historical, socio-economic and cultural prejudices. The authors proffer several possible solutions, including demand driven TVET, integrating creativity and innovation into the learning processes, life-long learning, Public-Private Training Partnerships (PPTPs), flexible teaching and learning, work-tasks as the curricula; inclusive and affordable learning technologies and the workplace rather than the classroom as delivery venue.

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