Don’t Upgrade Academic Qualifications for Promotions, Warns Janet

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By Our Reporter Don’t Upgrade Academic Qualifications for Promotions, Warns Janet

By Venenscias Kiiza

T he Minister for Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, has asked civil servants who go back to school for further studies, not to use their academic qualifications to seek promotions and appointments at their work places, like many have done in the past.

She has since advised them to put in place what they have studied to execute their duties. According to the first lady, many employees go back to school, not only to acquire skills that can enable them perform much better on their respective workstations, but solely to seek for chances of promotions and juicy appointments, owing to their so many academic qualifications.

“You graduates should not use your newly acquired academic qualifications for promotions at your work places like many have done, instead, you should put into practice what you have studied, “Janet advised.

She made the remarks during the 15th graduation ceremony of Uganda Management Institute (UMI) Friday afternoon, at the institutes’ main campus. Janet, who was the chief guest, expressed concern over the deeply entrenched corruption in public offices. She wondered why despite the good management courses at UMI and in other universities in Uganda, managers still exhibit high corruption tendencies.

Janet, also tasked all academic institutions to carry out research in all public and private organs, to find out why there is high corruption tendencies, despite them going through credible institutions. She said, the scope of research should be able to find out why employees no longer implement what they study in these ‘good institutions’, before asking them to share the report with government to mitigate the problem. She said there is a public outcry in regard to ethical standards of employees in all organs.

“UMI should develop a research policy, go beyond teaching and do patriotic research in order to solve public sector management issues. You need to find solutions to public administration challenges and then you can engage government and we chat away forward. There is corruption everywhere,” Janet, who is also the first lady said.

401 graduated with masters’ degree, 29 with ordinary diploma and as well 1,162 with postgraduate diplomas. The institute’s general director James Nkata, applauded president Museveni for appointing the first lady in the education ministry. He also said the country was experiencing corporate disloyalty in almost every department both private and public, yet the lot is expected from such highly skilled graduates. He revealed that, UMI has now got four staff members with PhD’s, and more 19 are yet to complete.

In her speech, the institute’s Chancellor, Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire thanked government for enhancing salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff. Bitamazire noted that UMI graduates have proved that they can provide solutions to problems and cautioned graduates against perpetrating corruption. “If you are a manager from UMI, we don’t expect you to use money that is not yours,” she said.

The graduates received certificates in disciplines including Masters in Public Procurement; Masters in Higher Education; Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management.

The ceremony was attended by a number of technocrats led by John Mitala and politicians who included Kampala minister Beti Olive Kamya, who was accompanying the first lady.

Source:: Red Pepper Uganda