Experts Advise On Low Female Enrollment in Technical Schools

Brendah Namakula,a mechanical engineering student at Uganda Technical College,Kahaya in Bushenyi during an exhibition to mark a Girl Child Technical Education.

Concerned by what they termed the wide differing ratio between boys and girls in technical education, recipe hospital stakeholders spanning over ten Technical colleges and polytechnics in Uganda, during the weekend convened at Uganda Technical College, Bushenyi to chart the way forward in bridging this gap.

Speaking as the chief guest at the occasion, Eng. Theodore Twongeirwe, the managing director Steel Mills factory in Mbarara and a member of the UTC-Bushenyi governing council highlighted the need to address the low participation of girl-children in science and technical education in the country.

“In technical colleges and institutions in Uganda, the number of girls enrolling is at 15%, which is not impressive. Girls and women can actively participate in the technological transformation of Uganda by pursuing technical education. It’s a matter of giving them a chance to demystify their inabilities,” said Twongeirwe.

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Students of Kasese Youth Polytechnic during the Girl Child Technical Exhibition at UTC,Kahaya Bushenyi

Students of Kasese Youth Polytechnic during the Girl Child Technical Exhibition at UTC,Kahaya Bushenyi

She said that for Uganda to enlist among the industrialized nations in the future it would take more commitment to new and innovative teaching methods and techniques that will attract female children to technical education.

Science and technology she said, remains the bedrock of industrial development that every nation aspires to attain, and that the Ugandan girl-child ought to be incorporated in the roadmap of the country’s technological development.

UTC-Bushenyi principal, Mr. Silver Mukwatsibwe said that the function was held to address the issues pertaining participation of girls in science and technical education which has been for long dominated by male students.

He rooted for scholarships for female students who want to join technical colleges, saying that girls can compete favorably with boys when given technical schools.

On his part, the Bushenyi district chairperson, Mr. Willis Bashaasha acknowledged the the necessity for girls to enroll for technical education so that available opportunities are shared by both males and females.


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