Comparisons between Uganda and Kenya Universities and Tertiary Institutions
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Education has become big business in the world today, as people travel far and beyond to get the opportunity to further their education. Our Education systems have become so competitive that students From Kenya and Uganda can join any University or Tertiary institution in the world today. But there have been a share deal of challenges to reach at that level.
Uganda gained independence in 1962, and is home of one of the oldest universities in Africa. The Makelele University started in 1922. It is a prestigious university that aims to provide innovative teaching, research, learning and other forthcoming services addressing the national and global needs. The Uganda education system has been structured in such a way that, one takes 7 years in primary school, and then proceeds for 6 years in secondary school (which is divided into 4 years in lower secondary and the remaining 2 years in upper secondary school). Post-secondary education takes 3 to 5 years which can be done at tertiary or university level respectively. The system has been in existence since the early 1960s.
About 60,000 to 70,000 of students in Uganda that leave secondary school qualify for university and tertiary schools, 35% of which are able to find places in limited number of institutions. Majority of them join private and public universities. It is interesting to note that 95%of those who join the various universities go to Makerere University in Kampala (MUK); the remaining ones are distributed to five other public and over 20 privately owned universities and non-university institutions. With these discrepancies you will often find students looking for University education in other countries or more so find International students filling the left vacuum.
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...ame year. The composition was 35% in tertiary institutions and 72% in Universities. This shows the competitive nature of Kenyan institutions and the well structured system it has put in place. For instance Kenya institutions put emphasis on non-university institutions that is key to nation building and repair. These centers of knowledge are essential for innovations, hand-on training which builds on the high technical enrollment at the bottom of the education system. Instead Uganda’s pyramid system of higher education comprise of more university enrollment to technical schools. This can be compared as training one nurse to two doctors, or several engineer to a single technician.
The Kenyan system is tailored to offer more technical training at various levels of education. Hence, one can drop out of school and still be accommodated in the job industry.