The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), held its 12th Higher Education Exhibition 2021 with an assurance to have internet costs reduced.
The event which run from the 10th to the 12th of November 2021, was the first Virtual exhibition to be conducted by the NCHE.
Officiating as the Chief guest, the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni hailed the NCHE for maintaining the annual activity despite the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that Vision 2040 emphasizes digital transformation as one which will lead to change in the Ministry and we have already started developing the Education Digital Agenda Strategy 2021-2025 which will provide a rationale and action plan for integrating ICT into teaching, learning, assessment and administration.
The Minister assured the Institutions that government is determined to ensure the costs of online teaching are lowered because online teaching is the way to go given the COVID-19 challenges.
She called upon all institutions to shift to blended learning by adapting ICT technologies since COVID-19 worked as a wake-up call to the Institutions.
The Chairperson of Council professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya said that the cost of teaching and learning is high, only a few students can afford to leave out many and even a number of institutions are struggling to set up e-learning infrastructures that need government intervention.
The Executive Director Professor Mary J. N. Okwakol said that the annual event was interrupted by COVID in 2020 and it was not held because it was canceled a day before the opening but as Council, they had to think of a Virtual one which has successfully taken place. She said after the development and implementation of ODeL, NCHE realized that online learning is possible and is encouraging Institutions and the general public to change their mindset and adapt strategies for online teaching.
The three-day event attended by Institutions saw Uganda Christian University emerging as the best exhibitor in the category of public and Chartered universities followed by Mbarara University of Science and technology. The International University of East Africa took the category of provisional licensed universities followed by Cavendish University while national teacher college Mubende emerged as the best exhibitor in the Tertiary Institutions category and it was followed by the College of Health Sciences, Gulu.
While closing the event, the Deputy Executive Director Rev. Canon Dr. Alex M. Kagume congratulated all the winners and challenged them to maintain their achievement. he called upon all the Institutions that have participated to learn from one another and make improvements where they are required.