Uganda through the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has launched a website for easy access to information about institutions of higher learning
The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has launched an online portal that will enable the government to get access to all the necessary information about Uganda’s institutions of higher learning.
“People will not need to come to the council in case they want to make any consultation. They will just have to login into the system and find out what they want,” said the State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo at the launch of the system.
The new system that cost the government $300,000, will provide timely data to enable proper planning for the institutions by the government.
While launching the Integrated Management Information System, the State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo said that this strategy was aimed at ensuring development in the education system.
“The Integrated Management Information System will enforce compliance in quality in areas of program accreditation, institutional staff establishment and the student capacities to align them with our national human resource development goals,” Dr.Muyingo said before adding,
“There was a need for a dynamic response to the continuous demand and ensure education facilities respond to growth needs but a mismatch would lead to inferior education that we would not want to associate with.”
Minister Muyingo also added that the new system will be open to the public and journalist who would love to get some information about particular institutions.
The new system will save resources and time for the public who would need to check for some information from the National Council for Higher Education.
Muyingo said before adding that development in ICT will help in taking the education system to greater heights.
Over for the past decade, the network for higher education has grown by 60% whereas 77%of the population comprises of the youth below 30 years of age.
It is therefore important to provide them with the required tools.
Meanwhile, Prof Mary Okwakol, the National Council for Higher Education Executive Director said that the new system will enable the government to have timely data on institutions of higher learning and allow for proper planning.
“Every year, NCHE collects information to review the state of higher education in the country and it helps policy formulation and planning but if data is not available it makes it difficult the country to be guided in terms higher education,” Prof.Okwakol said.
“The new system will now improve the council’s internal business processes and workflows but also for those of institutions of higher learning. A stakeholders’ interface was included in the system to facilitate debt collection, monitoring and all accreditation services,” Prof Okwakol added before calling upon institutions of higher learning to engage in ICT use in a bid to ensure a smooth running of the new system.
By John Dalton Kigozi