By DailyNewsUG Education Correspondent
DAILY NEWS UG |Victoria University Kampala|
There is need for universities in Uganda to come together and share knowledge in order to facilitate quality education in the country, Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, the Vice Chancellor of Victoria University (VU), recently said at the 7th Uganda University Quality Assurance Forum held at Victoria University in Kampala.
“If we must do more to solve some of the current challenges the education sector is grappling with, then the first thing we need to do is to come together and share knowledge as institutions for the benefit of the students and the country at large,” Dr. Sharma said.
Dr. Sharma noted that he was proud to note that the Quality Assurance Committee recognized Victoria University, which he heads, as one of the Universities that are fully compliant with all the Education guidelines as set by government.
Quality Assurance personnels of all Uganda Universities under the Uganda Universities Quality Assurance Forum (UUQAF) met at Victoria University to discuss how as universities they can ensure that graduates are of the right quality and are performing well at their employers.
The President of UUQAF, Dr. Rita Makumbi Oola, wants universities and other higher institutions of learning to follow up their students even after graduation.
Dr Makumbi noted that it is the duty of the higher institutions of learning through Quality Assurance departments to follow up their students after graduation to assess if they are successful and how they are performing at their work places.
Above: Victoria University HI-TECH Lab
Rita Makumbi noted that there is a need for universities to embrace quality assurance work and support its work in order to bring the best from their departments and committee.
Peter Lwanga, a member of Quality Assurance from Ndejje University condemned lecturers who go to teach students while drunk.
Lwanga warned that such lecturers risk losing respect and trust from students, and finally their professions could be in jeopardy since the Quality Assurance committee of such universities can make very drastic recommendations against such errant lecturers.
“Self-respect should come first in order to improve the quality of Education in universities. It’s a shaming that some lecturers come drunk in classes, some are poor time managers who disappoint students who come very far from their institutions to attend classes in time only to find those lecturers are nowhere to be seen, which results into failure to complete syllabus,” he said.
On the other hand Lwanga stated that research is still lacking in Uganda’s universities yet it is one of the four pillars that must be given priority.
He said every university must be committed to carry out research as a central part of its mission but here in Uganda it has not been satisfied.
Above: Some of the items in the Victoria University state-of-the-art skills Lab
“The expectation is that after carrying out research, it is practiced in societies for people to benefit in higher institutions since a big percentage of people especially in rural areas are illiterate,” he continued.
He called upon all university councils to always conduct self-assessments and see whether what their institutions are doing comply with policies and guidelines set by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).