By Najibu Mulema

Parents and teachers both for primary and secondary levels have been asked to encourage girls to join vocational training institutes if the current rate of unemployment is to be reduced.

Currently, just a few female students are enrolled in vocational institutes  factor that has continued to limit girls’ potential and opportunities inthe job market.

According to the chairman, Uganda Business and Technical Board(UBTEB),Prof. Venasius Baryamureeba,the number of girls joing the institutions is increasing but at a low rate.

” we are trying to encourage ladies to get unto the vocational sector ,it’s like in 1971 very few ladies were doing electrical engineering and other engineering courses at Makerere but now its like 50 percent ,so what we are trying to do is to encourage ladies in secondary schools to come to vocational institutes.” Said Prof. Baryamureeba.