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Title:Toward addressing skills development and employment crisis in Uganda: the role of public private partnerships
Author:Nuwagaba, AugustusISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:human resources
vocational education
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v028/28.1.nuwagaba.pdf
Abstract:This paper explores the relevance of education in the transformation of Uganda through skills development and considers the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in enhancing skills development and employment in the country. The central argument is that, contrary to earlier suppositions, privatization and liberalization of the Ugandan economy has not born much fruit because, while many institutions of learning have been established (largely by private entrepreneurs) and many graduates have been registered, the majority of these graduates are unemployable due to a lack of skills demanded in labour markets. In order for Uganda to learn lessons from success stories, 'best practices' in human capital and skills development are explored from Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius. The paper argues that education and training need to be refocused toward vocationalization. However, given the unpopularity of and the negative attitude toward vocational training in Uganda, it is recommended that vocationalization should be integrated into formal training structures and systems in all institutions of learning. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]