The coordinator for Vocational Training, Business and Employment Promotion at the German Embassy in Uganda is unhappy with the way the Government of Uganda is implementing its vocational skills development project.
Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions for Southwestern Uganda in Bushenyi yesterday, Cornelia Frettion said it is unfortunate that Government has paid little attention to vocational training. She said the emphasis on theoretical education as opposed to vocational studies has robbed the country of professionals with important practical skills.
Frettion observed that government has spent a large sum of money hiring foreign technical experts for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting because Uganda does not have the necessary personnel. She said the German Government is funding vocational training in Uganda because it essential in the growth and development of any country.
Through the Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions for Southwestern Uganda the German Development Service has conducted skills training in 120 institutions.
Yusuf Bachu, head of the Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions, lamented the fact that government has never participated in their funding. He said he has applied to the Ministry of Education for assistance on several occasions, with no results.
Bachu said it is ironic that billions of shillings have been sunk into hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit and cannot be bothered to give a coin to his association.
110 vocational institutions are registered with the Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions.