By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has met with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Mission team and discussed the way forward for the proposed US $ 45million Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Support Project under the IDB Financing Phase III.
The First Lady met the IDB Mission that comprised the IDB Operation Team Leader for Education Mr. Cheick Amadou Kader Diallo and the IDB Manager for Procurement Division Mr. Issa Modi Ide at State House Nakasero on Friday.
The IDB Mission was in Uganda since Monday last week to reappraise the proposed Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Support Project for consistency with the Government of Uganda Cabinet approval.
Under this project, Cabinet approved the construction of a Skills Development Headquarters building in Kyambogo, which will house and bring all the key entities of the Ministry of Education and Sports into a ‘one-stop centre’.
It also approved 9 technical institutes to benefit from this project. The Institutes include Kitovu Technical Institute Masaka and Lutunku Community Polytechnic Sembabule in Central Region, Nalwire Technical Institute Busia and Nkoko Memorial Technical Institute Mayuge in Eastern Region. Others are Kabale Technical Institute and Birembo War Memorial Technical Institute Kibaale in the Western Region, Minakulu Technical Institute Oyam and Moyo Technical Institute in the Northern region and Moroto Technical Institute in Napak Karamoja.
Other components of the project include the comprehensive instructor training and student industrial practical training with the view of sharpening the overall quality of teaching and learning, curriculum review and development, institutional governance and management training, support to BTVET Management Information systems, accreditation of training programmes and support to Project management.
Mrs. Janet Museveni appreciated the Islamic Development Bank team for the time they have spent in Uganda to ensure that this project takes off in time. She emphasized the importance of appropriate planning before accessing funds in order to avoid delaying any processes.
She also talked about the need for the project implementors to be wiser and purchase appropriate equipment for the respective institutes in line with the National Development Plan training focuses so as to avoid having laboratory and workshop equipment staying unutilized just like what is happening in many Institutions in the country.
In their report, the IDB Reappraisal Mission recommended that given the low status of the existing facilities across the nine institutes, the project interventions will be focused on new construction and modern training equipment to cover the specific requirements of the respective National Development Plan areas of focus.
They also pointed out that Kabale Technical Institute, which has only 4 acres of land, lacks the minimum requirement of 10 acres of land. In this regard, the meeting agreed that the Education Ministry could consider construction of storied buildings for this unique site, although President Museveni directed the Education Ministry to stop constructing storied buildings fit for 3-star hotels to house schools and institutes.
The Islamic Development Bank Mission reiterated their commitment to finance the project worth US $ 45 million and called for accelerated procurements to avoid delayed start of the project.
They said that all those trained under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Support Project will receive International level accreditation.
The State Minister for Higher Education Dr. J.C. Muyingo, the Director of Higher Technical and Vocational Education and Training (HTVET) in the Ministry of Education Robert Odok Oceng and other senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports also attended the meeting.