University Vice Chancellors have called upon the ministry of education to revise the Education systems offered at different Universities in Uganda.
The Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Prof Celestino Obua, said all courses are needed for the wellbeing of the population.
“Everything is important. The world is what it is because of both Sciences and Arts. The President has a good idea when he argues that countries that have developed prioritised sciences. However, this should not be done at the expense of arts and humanities. Politicians offered arts so let the scientists do their part and the arts also theirs,” Prof Obua suggested.He advised the government to identify one or two priority areas each public university should handle to utilise the available resources as opposed to having scattered investment.
Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prof Umar Kakumba, said the university has started reviewing their curriculum to emphasise life skills in all programmes.
Prof Kakumba said the quality of graduates passed out currently is still wanting because they lack basic skills, ethical values and basic knowledge skills needed for survival
He added,“As we train in the next few years, we are looking at ensuring that all our students in both sciences and humanities are equipped with life skills so that they are fit for employment,”
On the other hand, the Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University, Prof Eli Katunguka, called for specialisation in courses for each university. He said the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) should start dictating how many courses each university should offer based on their capabilities.
He said some courses such as Development Studies, diplomatic studies, conflict and military studies should be offered as course units in all other programmes.Prof Katunguka called for the establishment of the universities’ commission to regulate the works in all universities across the country.
The Kampala International University (KIU) Vice Chancellor, Prof Mouhamed Mpezamihigo, said reforms in universities should move hand in hand with reforms in lower education starting from primary, secondary to the high institution level.
According to him, the Ministry of Education changed the lower secondary curriculum and plans are underway to change the curriculum for A-Level. He said the same has not been done for primary level.
Dr Lawrence Muganga, the vice chancellor Victoria University says mindset change is at the center of ensuring university education matches the global developments. He terms as obsolete and counterproductive, the ides of looking at universities as “ivory towers” exclusive of society.
Dr Muganga also opined the need to rethink the current curriculum to fit the new era of technology . He also proposed more financing and provision of sources especially by governments and through partnerships.