The 2019 Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) examination results have Thursday been released.
The 15th UBTEB examinations results were released at a ceremony presided over by State Minister for higher Education J.C Muyingo in Kyambogo-Banda.
UBTEB conducted the end of programme examinations series for over 7,006 candidates from 175 examination centres on May 17 to June 17 this year.
A total of 7,006 candidates including 2,638 females and 4,368 males registered for final year examinations.
Out of this number, 5,656 sat the examinations while 1,350 missed to do some modules. Of these, 4,023 successfully completed the programmes.
Speaking at the event, Minister Muyingo congratulated the new board led by Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha and commended them for the strategic plans the board has set for UBTEB.
“I loved his commitment and strategic plans in his speech today. I assure you of maximum support from the Minister of Education and Sports and the entire sector at large,” the Minister said.
He urged UBTEB to take lead in guiding the government, parents and students in drafting solutions to the unemployment challenges.
The Commissioner BTVET who represented the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education revealed that the curriculum has been revised, making it a more competent based training in partnership with the world skills.
“The move will help define the content and training methods of the curriculum. We are also collaborating with industries i.e NWSC to create industrial training opportunities for our students”.
UBTEB Board chairman, Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha said that it is not helpful for the industry to continue complaining of inadequately trained students from vocational skills when there is scope to work together with the industry and training institutions in a mutually beneficial manner.
“Skills are not taught in school. They are acquired on the job. We need to allow students learn, be assessed and graduate with passion for what they studied,” he said.
He also disclosed that the Board plans to sign MOUs with; the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE), Uganda Small Scale Industries Association among others to leverage the acquisition of hands-on skills by the Technical Vocational Education Training institutions students in form of apprenticeships, industrial training and job placements.
He committed the Board’s focus on financial sustainability, staff development and engagement, robust managerial systems and stakeholder management.
He reiterated UBTEB’s commitment as a center of excellence for comptence based assessment, examinations and awards
According to UBTEB Executive Secretary Onesmus Oyesiga, the number of accredited examination centres now stands at 562.
The students completed their studies in the following academic programmes; Technical Diploma programmes; Business Diploma programmes; Business Certificate programmes; Physical and Biological Diploma programmes; and Physical and Biological Certificate programmes.