Due to the lack of a law supposed to put in place national examinations for these institutions administered by UBTEB, some institutions set and teach content that is not aligned to the set BTVET curriculum.
The absence of
a law is affecting the role of the Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB) in assessing all certificate and diploma training institutions in the
UBTEB was formed under
the Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) act and is
supposed to oversee the assessment of all vocational and technical
to the lack of a law supposed to put in place national examinations for these
institutions administered by UBTEB, some institutions set and teach content
that is not aligned to the set BTVET curriculum.
Speaking at the UBTEB 10th
anniversary, Onesmus Oyesige, the Executive Secretary of UBTEB, said that the loophole
has enabled unaccredited learning institutions to continue teaching learners but
not following the set national standard.
says the board, as a result, cannot assess the estimated three percent of
institutions that use this loophole to operate independently with no
supervision at all.
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in charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training at the Ministry of
Education, Joseph Kikomeko says they working towards streamlining the BTEVT act
to ease the work of UBTEB.
working towards enacting laws that will ease the work of BTVET assessment
institutions. We hope to have these laws soon," he said.
The Ministry of
Education is in the process of repealing the BTVET act so that all the
shortcomings of the law are addressed. According to education officials, a
regulatory impact assessment has been carried out and all redundant laws that
affect the performance of boards such as UBTEB have been highlighted.
Oyesigye says once the
laws are repealed, it will create new qualification structures that will enable
UBTEB candidates to access work in government offices.
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impediments, the board has been able to register several achievements in the
past 10 years. They include; increase in candidature registration from 10,000
in 2011 to 256,712 in 2021 and increasing the number of examinable programs to
The Minister of
Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni applauded the work of the
examination body saying its work is crucial to the development of human capital.
"As a country, we
have channeled our energies towards industrial development to facilitate
national growth and development. This will drive demand for a more specialized
and skilled labor force as well as high technology. Agencies like UBTEB form a critical
base of entities that will make a direct contribution in human capital
development which is so essential for industrial growth and national
development," the minister said in a statement read by the State Minister
for Education in charge of tertiary education, John. C Muyingo.