The Deans of Students and Guild Leaders from Different Universities have asked the Government to increase funding for innovation and research which can help to reduce unemployment in the country.
The Call was made on Friday, during the 15th Annual Conference of Students and Guild Leaders’ Conference held at Kabale University in Kabale Municipality.
The Mountains of the Moon Guild President in Fort Portal, Owen Mukonyezi, and Ms. Hibah Asiimwe, the Guild President of Islamic University in Uganda -IUIU blamed the unemployment crisis on some academic courses that are no longer relevant to the job sector.
They asked the Government to promote innovation and practical courses that prepare students for immediate employment after graduation.
While addressing the press at the sidelines of the conference, the Kabale University Dean of Students Amos Tukamushaba said the rate of unemployment especially among the youths could be tackled if the Government increased funding to innovation programs in the learning institutions.
While giving a Keynote address at the conference, the Kabale University Vice Chancellor Prof. Joy Constance Kwesiga encouraged young people to go for short courses in technical skills to align themselves for self-employment.