The National Executive Director of Uganda YMCA Ms Roselyne Birungi Ssebaleke also doubles as the governing council chairperson.
She said the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) recently recommended this degree-awarding institute for chartering. She added that they are in the final stages of implementing the said changes.
“We will soon start offering degree programmes here (in Jinja) when the process is complete,” Ms Ssebaleke said last Friday during the institution’s 20th graduation ceremony.
The college only awards certificates and diplomas at the moment. However, once the NCHE clears them to offer degrees, they will join the YMCA Comprehensive Institute (YCI). This includes the main campus in Wandegeya and Bwambo Campus in Wakiso District.
Ms Ssebaleke noted how the demand for their services has gone up. It particularly is in regards to the niche of vocational and technical training.
However, Technical and Vocational Education and Training is very expensive in terms of equipment. This makes the fees charged a bit high, eventually leading to high dropout rates.
“We request that the government subsidizes the training equipment and materials for skills training. There have been attempts to lobby for training equipment from partners. However, the taxes charged to deliver the equipment to Uganda are also very high. We, therefore, request that the government gives consideration on taxes charged on training equipment,” Ms Ssebaleke said.
In total, 486 students graduated from the institution. 351 students received certificates while 135 received diplomas.
The total number of graduates included 72 males and 414 female students. However, this number has significantly gone down from the 744 who graduated in 2021.
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