EDUCATION: Government releases list of 7000 scholarships offered to Ugandans.

The Government ofda Uganhas released a list of 7,000 students who have been admitted on various programmes in technical and vocational institutions in the country.

The Senior Six leavers were admitted through the Joint Admissions Board. The function to open the admissions process was held last month, at Makerere University.

Wakiso leads with the highest number of beneficiaries — 683 students, followed by Kampala with 378 students, Mukono (245), Mbarara (188), Ntungamo (181), Masaka (175), Bushenyi (149) and Luwero (136).Others in the top 10 districts are Mityana (126) and Jinja (120).

Other districts with a lion’s share are Rukungiri (113) and Mpigi (109).The selected students will be admitted to different public colleges. Each college receives close to 200 students, depending on the capacity.

Meanwhile, another 2,500 Senior Four leavers will be awarded scholarships in six health-related academic programmes this year.

The scholarships are to be awarded to students who will pass interviews, to pursue certificates in nursing, midwifery, comprehensive nursing or psychiatric nursing.

The other listed courses include environmental health science, environmental health assistant’s course and medical laboratory technique.

According to a November 6 circular, signed by the education ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alex Kakooza, the interviews will take place from November 23 to 27. They will be held at the Mulago Paramedical School, Lira School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery, Kabale School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery, Arua School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery and Hoima School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Other venues are Ntungamo Institute of Health Sciences, Fort Portal School of Clinical Officers, Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mbale School of Clinical Officers/ College of Health Sciences, Kaabong School of Nursing and Midwifery and Moroto district offices.

In his manifesto, President Yoweri Museveni says, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), if re-elected, will provide free tertiary education at the certificate level.

The manifesto reads: “The NRM is going to deal with underutilisation caused by entry requirements and high tuition fees by exploring the option of admitting willing learners, regardless of previous qualifications and waiving of tuition for certificate BTVET courses.”

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