By Venenscias Kiiza
The Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) will tomorrow Wednesday, release results of the 2017 May/June examinations series.
According to UBTEB’s deputy executive secretary in charge of Examination Management, Dr Wilfred Nahamya, Minister of Education and Sports, First lady Janet Museveni will preside over the function at the office of the Prime minister.
A total of 15,651 candidates sat for the examinations series from 140 registered centers of which 6730 (2880 female & 3850 male) sat for end of program examinations. The results to be released include those who sat for; Technical diploma (2284), Business Diploma (2343) and business certificate (1241) programs. Others are, Physical and biological programs for both certificate (69) and diploma (793).
“The board is proud to register continuous improvement in the number of candidates registered in each examination’s series and this exhibits Ugandans are appreciating technical and vocational courses,”Nahamya noted.
He also reiterated the recent reforms in the BTVET sector in which teaching of all post O’level certificates in Uganda will now take duration of two years and will be assessed by UBTEB.
MTAC JOINS UBTEB
In line with the solicitor General’s guidance on assessment of BTVET programs, UBTEB has also accredited Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) with other seven out-reach centers countrywide as UBTEB examination centers, Dr.Nahamya also revealed.
“MTAC will present their candidates in the November/December 2017 examination series.”
This will be a huge milestone for UBTEB given that some institutions such as Bukalasa Agriculture College in Luweero District have all along refused to sit UBTEB exams alleging that they are substandard and not sanctioned by the Ministry for agriculture.
“The board is also working with Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions to accredit all their member training institutions in liaison with other departments in the line ministries. We appeal to tertiary institutions currently not presenting their candidates for national assessment to approach the board for accreditation,” he advised.
According to UBTEB’s chairperson, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba; in an earlier interview, revealed that, they are in the final process of drafting a policy that will require all vocational schools, and other diploma and certificate training institutes to compulsory be examined by the body.
Baryamureeba said, those who will not allow to be examined UBTEB, will have graduates whose academic papers won’t be recognized in the world of work and as well to pursue career in other areas such as politics where one is required to present his/her academic papers.
UBTEB was introduced in 2011; with this release its 9th, to offer specialized focus on examining applied knowledge that is essential in the job market in the face of soaring unemployment in the country.
It is mandated to streamline, regulate and coordinate exams and awards in all business and technical professions in Uganda. Its operationalization came after the Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training Act, was gazetted by government in 2008, through the ministry of Education.