New Curriculum for Business and Technical Studies

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In short
The new curriculum reduces learning areas to eight and scraps the advanced certificate program. It also reduces the years of study from three to two years. The new curriculum replaces the one that was developed in early 1960s by City and Guilds of the UK.

The National Curriculum Development Centre-NCDC has finally rolled out a new curriculum for Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training-BTVET, almost five years after the start of the process in 2012.

The new curriculum reduces learning areas to eight and scraps the advanced certificate program. It also reduces the years of study from three to two. The new curriculum replaces the one that was developed in early 1960's by City and Guilds of  United Kingdom.
 
Lydia Asiimwe, the head of department for BTVET section at the National Curriculum Development Centre, says the new curriculum is aimed at skills improvement.
 
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Asiimwe also says the curriculum is replacing the advanced programme which had placed much burden on the students.
 
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The newly launched curriculum strongly emphasizes skills development and places emphasis on industrial training. Asiimwe also says students are greatly encouraged to engage in community programs to perform real life projects that will help them develop skills;
 
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Asimwe says the new curriculum will start with year one students who join this year. Under the new curriculum students have a chance to complete a year and get employment.
 
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Grace Baguma, the Director of NCDC, says the reduction in number of years of the study will help students to complete their courses faster.
 
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Baguma says there had been more theory in vocation education compared to practical aspects. She says the new curriculum helps to address the gaps;
 
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Ilahi Mansoor, the Commissioner for BTVET at the Education Ministry says finally the problem of half trained students will be solved. He says industry players had been complaining of poor quality graduates.
 
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David Yiga, the chairperson of Association of Principals in Uganda, says though the institutions are ill prepared, the new curriculum is a good addition to modernising vocational education in the country.
 
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Currently a few instructors are undergoing a week's training in handling the new curriculum. It is hoped that the new curriculum will help the government in advancing the skilling Uganda program that was launched two years ago.