Museveni tells Teso students to seek help
Posted Wednesday, March 6 2013 at 02:00
The President says seeking career guidance will help students make better choices while selecting university courses.
President Museveni has asked high school students to select subject combinations that will enable them create their own jobs, saying the available vacancies in public service can not be enough for everyone.
Speaking during the giveaway of three tractors to Teso College Aloet and Ngora High School on Monday, Mr Museveni said many students pursuing courses such as Bachelor of Community Psychology were not properly guided and are likely to find difficulty in finding jobs.
“It is good that you get career guidance so that you choose good courses,” the President said.
He added that with the economy being able to employ only 300,000 people in the army, police and other civil servants, it’s paramount that students take on courses such as medicine, technical studies and Information Technology if they are to market themselves.
At the fundraising ceremony for St. Peters Minor Seminary in Soroti on the same day, the President cautioned students hailing from peasant backgrounds to make sound career goals that might help them get employment. “For children who come from rich families, after school, you may go and manage your father’s wealth,” the President said. He added that several youth were unemployed but that if land was offered for construction of hotels, industries and sugarcane growing, a number of those redundant would be absorbed as employees.
The President said the swamps in Teso, Busoga, and Lango sub-regions could be harnessed to generate wealth through extensive farming since Uganda’s biggest problem was underutilisation of land. He emphasised government’s commitment to fund the education sector, with great emphasis on marketable courses.