Five-year-old Dove Business and Technical Institute (DBTI) recently held its first graduation at Najjanankumbi, sending off some 50 students to join the world of work.
And of these, at least a good number are attached at the different institutions while others are already running small businesses. The students graduated with diplomas in Computer Science, Business Administration, Accountancy and Information and Secretarial studies. Some, like Tadeo Mbogga Buliruno, DBTI's former guild president, have left changed people.
According to Hassan Luzinda, DBTI's Director, Mbogga could hardly operate a computer but with the skills acquired, he is now a computer teacher. For Luzinda, this is what he expects of all his students. And in order to enhance skills acquisition, DBTI is set to start new courses in the areas of broadcasting engineering, radio presenting and electronic engineering. In these, Luzinda believes his students will be the most competitive in the media field.
"Today, I see some television stations are still working with old men who are operating in the analogue era yet we can equip our own to suit the digital age", Luzinda said.
Although courses at DBTI provide students with vocational skills, Luzinda cautioned his students not to aim at being employed but find innovative ways to self-employment. Siraje Nsanja, the academic registrar at DBTI, advised the ministry of Education and Sports to support private schools and institutions instead of closing them down. He noted that equipment for practical subjects is expensive, thus the need for government support.
"The ministry should find a way of partnering with these private institutions instead of closing them down for failure to meet some standards", Nsanja pleaded.
Lawrence Kyazze, a lecturer at Makerere University Business School (MUBS), encouraged the institute's administrators to include training in entrepreneurship skills, ethics and integrity, psychology and more business courses in production, marketing, and accounting, to increase students' reasoning.