President Museveni has called on universities in Uganda to refrain from teaching non-marketable courses
“Let us not start any course that has got no relevance to the job market. The Government will not fail to support you with funds for personnel and essential requirements for promoting science education. He was pleased to note that MUST was small and working under a quality base,” he said.
The President made the remarks during the installation of the 4th Chancellor and the 28th graduation ceremony of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) at which 1,028 science and technology graduated with degrees.
President Museveni reiterated that all the universities in the country, must ensure that the minimum entry requirements are maintained expressed happiness that MUST has graduated over 1,300 medical doctors since its inception in 1989.
He observed that by the time MUST started, Uganda was suffering from a challenge of having only 80 medical doctors graduating per year from Makerere University, the only University in the country then.
He said that the situation that obtained at that time fell far short of the World Health Organization’s policy of the recommended ratio of one medical doctor per 500 people; adding that Uganda, which has got a population of 40 million, needs a team of 80,000 medical doctors.
Mr. Museveni lauded late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro for the assistance to MUST. “I thank President Fidel Castro of Cuba who helped me to start teaching and treating people at MUST,” he said.
The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni said the ceremony was a testimony to President Museveni’s commitment to higher education adding that Uganda has made big strides having expanded from one university in the 1980s to the current 9 public universities.
She was happy to note that the country has 41 private-run universities. She reported that both private and public universities in the country have a total enrolment of 160,000 students.