Alupo directs exam bodies to iron out differences on roles
Posted Tuesday, October 8 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- The minister of Education, Ms Jessica Alupo, has asked the director of Higher Education, Ms Elizabeth Gabona, to convene an urgent meeting with heads of national examination boards to harmonise their roles.
This comes on the heels of reports that some officials in the exam bodies such as Uganda Examinations Board and Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) are reluctant to cooperate with their colleagues in the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) –something that threatens to affect the registration and administration of national exams.
“The BTVET Act is very clear on the roles each body is supposed to play, but some individuals want to create an impression that one body is duplicating the work of others,” she said.
“This is very dangerous, especially at this time when we are implementing the Skilling Uganda programme.We must resolve such differences as soon as possible,” she added.
The minister issued the directive yesterday while meeting staff at DIT in Kampala.
DIT is a directorate in the ministry that offers nationally, regionally and internationally recognised quality assurance services for business, technical, vocational education and training.
UBTEB was established three years ago to take over the role of examining both business and technical students which was previously handled by Uneb.
Of the 20 courses, Uneb remained with only six course, which will also be transferred to UBTEB next year.
A source at DIT told the Daily Monitor yesterday that their critics think awarding academic qualifications to individuals in the informal sector who have attained skills and competencies will compromise quality, yet they have been doing it for more than three decades.
But Ms Alupo said the law mandates DIT to carry out appropriate assessment for skills acquired through formal and informal means.