He says this will keep people in poverty and not emancipate them. He bases his argument on the recent increment of salaries for Science teachers. This prompted a strike from the Arts teachers that almost lasted a month.
Further, other groups of public servants also threatened to strike in demand of a pay rise. This was not the first group of civil servants protesting against poor pay and nor were they the last.
According to Nsereko, the government will keep on enhancing everyone’s salary till its coffers run dry. However, if they revamp the education system, it would help to teach people to fend for themselves.
The current education system can’t even allow them to work beyond Ugandan borders.
“With this half-baked education system, you will end up enhancing everyone’s salary instead of building capacity so that people can fend for themselves beyond borders,” said Nsereko.
He further added that the country shouldn’t be aiming at creating a non-productive economy. It should be able to equip them with skills to see them through the high poverty levels.
Uganda is categorized as the country with the highest youthful population. Over 80 percent of the Ugandan population are youths. However, the majority of these are in the informal sector while others are jobless.
This is something that costs the country and has kept it a third-world economy despite the government maintaining that it achieved middle-income status.
The education system is one that is hugely to blame for creating mass unemployment. Despite the increasing literacy levels, many graduate as job seekers, yet white-collar jobs are fewer.
Attempts to turn the education system towards a more job-creating strategy have been less by the necessary authorities. And in areas done so, they have been met with little success due to the mindset of Ugandans.
Many see a person who doesn’t go further to attain a university education as a failure and school drop-out. This is even despite their levels of financial success.
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