Low number of university graduates in Bunyoro worries academia

Mr Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga Ateenyi (C), Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom presides over the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of the kingdom structures that house Gulu University, Hoima Campus.

The Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, is concerned about the existing big vacuum of university graduates in the region.

Presiding over the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of the kingdom buildings that house Gulu University Hoima Campus, Mr Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga, said that though Bunyoro has relatively a big number of people with post-secondary education, it unfortunately falls short of somewhat university academic.

He observes that until a big number of the people of Bunyoro join universities, the region will continue having a deficit of graduates with degrees.

The Omuhikirwa says though more than 290 students have graduated with degrees in various disciplines following a partnership between Gulu University and the kingdom, the number is still wanting.

He challenges all stakeholders to encourage students to enroll for degrees in their home region to narrow the low number of degree holders.

Audio: Byakutaaga on few graduates (English)
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and Gulu University Hoima Campus officials at the ground breaking ceremony for the renovation of the kingdom structures in Hoima City.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor Gulu University, Prof George Ladaah Openjuru, was unhappy at the low number of students enrolling for degrees at Gulu University Hoima campus.

He says despite the enough lecture rooms at the Hoima campus, many lie unused because of lack of students to occupy them.

The don encourages the people of Bunyoro to embrace university education for an academically developed society.

Audio: Openjuru on few graduates (English)

Renovation work costs Shs188m.

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