The 9th Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum Annual Conference themed Higher Education in Uganda kicked off on Friday at Kampala International University.
Vice Chancellors from universities such as Cavendish, Bishop Stuart, KIU and Nkozi just to mention but a few came together with an aim of discussing innovative ways to improve the higher education sector in Uganda.
Dr.A.B.Kasozi, Research Fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research in his presentation appreciated the efforts of all the vice Chancellors who attended the forum.
“We have achieved something in the past years however if we want a good plan, all stakeholders should be involved, it is not only the government’s mandate.”
However, the most innovative idea he advocated for was a total overhaul of the secondary school education system by scrapping off the A-levels.
“A-level is stupid we should not have them, it would reduce though not eliminate the massive wastage of students at critical points in the education system.”
Dr.Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, KIU Vice Chancellor on that very issue added that,”Expunging A level out of the education system will require that all stakeholders come round the table, do an analysis while paying attention to what’s happening in the region and globally. We also need to know, do we now start recognizing knowledge that’s not formal because in some countries that’s very important.”
The resolutions that had been agreed uponin the forum were presented to Dr.J C Muyingo, Minister of State for Higher Education.
These included among others, urging the government to change the universities funding model,making Makers University a post graduate only institution and a re-examination of the education structure in relation to the A-level education system.
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