UBTEB TO TRAIN MORE ASSESSORS ON COMPETENCE BASED ASSESSMENT
Narasi Kambaho Anyijuka
Senior Communication and Public Relations Officer
The Government of Uganda through the Skills-based reforms has put in place mechanisms of spearheading the skills development revolution. This has seen the establishment of new technical institutions, recruitment of Lectures, increased funding and capacity building. In addition to this, the government has put a focus on creating a linkage between the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) training institutions and the world of experts who are the prospective employers of TVET graduates. The training of Assessors is scheduled to take place on 3rd-14th February 2020 in Kampala. The training shall among others involve designing and producing products in relevant disciplines of civil engineering, agriculture, plumbing and business-related projects as well as on-site study visits.
The Executive Secretary of UBTEB Mr. Onesmus Oyesigye while opening the marking exercise of the Nov/Dec 2019 examination in Entebbe on 13th January 2020 informed Examiners that UBTEB will conduct training of additional 100 assessors including professionals and experts from the world of work. “ In 2019, UBTEB conducted the training of 85 assessors and in 2020, the Board shall train additional 100 assessors from Colleges of Commerce, Technical Colleges, a world of work and a few selected technical institutes”.Oyesigye stated.
Following the conduct of Nov/Dec 2019 examination from 15th November 2019 to 17th December 2019. UBTEB started the marking exercise of scripts of over 80,000 candidates on 8th January 2020 with over 500 Examiners. The exercise will take a period of at least one month.
In line with our mandate of streamlining, regulating, coordinating and conducting national examinations for TVET and specialized programmes, the Board conducts a continuous assessment in form of practical tasks, theory and knowledge-based tasks, real-life projects and industrial training. For successful implementation of competency-based assessment, the Board undertakes to partner with key employers of TVET graduates in Uganda and in the region in order to create a platform for improved cooperation in conducting a competency-based assessment. This will be in terms of staff exchange programmes, attachment of professional and specialists from the industry to participate in the assessment.
With such initiatives, the Board will make a solid contribution and commitment towards the attainment of quality assessment of the knowledge and skills of TVET graduates. This will translate into production of quality, competent, dynamic and innovative graduates who can make a contribution towards the socio-economic transformation of Uganda.