Bishop Joseph Abura of Karamoja Diocese says colleges offer specialised training and develop talents useful for empowerment of communities. Bishop Damiano Guzzetti of Moroto Catholic Diocese, says that for Karamoja to develop, there must be people equipped with all sorts of skills especially to tap into the vast resources in the region.
The clerics, in separate interviews with URN, observe that skills training through colleges is the only way to development in Karamoja and Uganda at large.
Bishop Joseph Abura of Karamoja Diocese says colleges offer specialised training and develop talents useful for empowerment of communities. He notes that colleges help in addressing unemployment and reduce dependency among the youth who float after graduating from university.
Bishop Abura wants colleges that offer diplomas in the region.
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Bishop Damiano Guzzetti of Moroto Catholic Diocese faults the government for the low technological advancements in the education system in Uganda. The Bishop says it is not enough for young people to boast with high ranking papers when they lack competent skills to earn them a decent life.
He notes that for Karamoja to develop, there must be people equipped with all sorts of skills especially to tap into the vast resources in the region.
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The religious leaders' views come at a time when the region is asking for a public university. They argue that there must be higher institutions of learning, preferably colleges to feed the university with students who are already skilled.
According Paul Abul, an elder and former education officer for Moroto district, says establishment of colleges is the only way for Karamoja now. Abul suggests colleges that will offer skills in agriculture and livestock management, oil and gas, skins and hides, artistic development and honey harvesting among others.
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Currently, Karamoja sub region has five government-aided, certificate-awarding technical schools in the districts of Abim, Kotido, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit and Napak but with very low enrolment. The region has, in addition, two primary teachers colleges in Moroto and Kotido districts.
However, Andrew Keem Napaja, the Moroto district local council chairperson opposes the bishops' views in preference to the university.
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Private universities have recently opened learning centres in Moroto for diploma and degree courses.