Makerere Journal of Higher Education

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Do Graduates of General Education in Uganda possess Vocational skills?

R Wamala, A Tagoole, SK Omala


Promoting vocational education and training is considered globally as
one of the major strategies towards developing the human and social capital needed for sustainable economic growth and development.  However, majority of students, particularly in the developing countries, enrol for general education programs that prepare them for white-colour jobs. A questionable aspect is whether these students have any vocation skills that would prepare them for job creation upon graduation. In this study, we provide insights into the level and patterns of vocational skills acquisition among general  education students in Uganda. Our investigations are based on primary data obtained from 410 final year undergraduate students of Makerere University School of Statistics and Planning, in the 2012/13 academic year. A low level of vocational skills attainment was found to characterize the graduates of general education.

Keywords: General education; Vocational education; Curriculum reform.
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