KAMPALA- The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has criticised government planning for failing to align with the critical needs of the country. The Speaker made the remarks in relation to the education sector, which, according to her, is paramount in creating human resource capacity of Ugandans.
“I am frustrated that we are not aligning our planning to the needs of our country, so when I get an opportunity to talk about education, I say a few things that might improve our human resource capacity, properly tailored to the needs of this country,” she said.
She was speaking at the rebranding and launch of Clarke University from International Health Services University (IHSU) on Tuesday. The university was also ushering in a Business and Information and Technology wing dubbed SOBAT, (School of Business and Applied Technology).
While expressing her disappointment in Uganda’s inability to efficiently manage ICT, she recognised Dr Ian Clarke and Ms Rose Nanyonga, the faces behind the former IHSU, turned Clarke University, for their efforts in advancing technology knowledge and skills to the youth.
“I want to thank Dr Clarke and his team since we are now going to have a business and technology school. We are really lagging behind in technology, you can imagine that to do maintenance of the ferries, Bukakata and Nakiwogo, you must send them to Tanzania, we have not developed the capacity to do maintenance,” she lamented.
She urged Ugandans to learn and embrace their own country, saying opportunities are many, but only need the skills to acquire the jobs.
Meanwhile, Dr Clarke said the university is set apart from the rest because it highlights the much needed values and integrity in the teachings in the education sector, which later reflects on the work force.
“Ugandans are very entrepreneurial but they are ill equipped and they often lack the values and role models that will sustain them in business,” he said.
He also said the students will be directly engaged with employers right from the start of their education to equip them with practical skills needed in the work force.
By Christine Kasemiire