UBTEB accredits Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology as an examination centre

Friday, October 19, 2018

In November 2017, the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Sports issued a policy directive on accreditation and assessment of oferring Post O’Level and A’level to all Tertiary institutions and Universities academic programmes. This was to streamline the awards and qualifications with in the Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Act of 2008.

As a way of compliance, the management of UICT applied for accreditation as an examination centre in order to present candidates to UBTEB for assessment. “The Board is pleased to welcome UICT to national assessment and pledge more support to management and staff of UICTin advancing the plight of advancing professional skills development” Peter Oyoo, Senior Officer-examinations Planning and Development stated during the meeting with UICT officials today.

The Board will continue to interface with the UICT team for proper transition and training on the best practices on examinations management including training on online registration processes, continuous assessment and real life project among others. The Board will examine programmes in the area of Information Communication Technology and Business management.

Brief profile of UICT

Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) was founded in 2000 by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). This was in compliance with the Commission’s mandate; to establish, manage and operate a communication services training center, as spelt out in section 5 (z) of the Uganda Communications Act, 1997.

In line with this Mandate, the assets of the former Uganda Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (UPTC) Training School, (at Plot 9 –21 Port Bell Road, Nakawa) were invested in UCC, and that is where the Institute is located. UICT is a successor Institute to the UPTC Training School established in 1965 by the then East African Posts and Telecommunications as a regional training center.

Following the enactment of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001, the Institute was expected to operate within the provisions of this Act. Accordingly, the National Council for Higher Education advised the Minister of Education and Sports (MoES) to establish UICT as a public tertiary institution. Consequently, MoES issued Statutory Instrument No. 79 in October 2005 establishing UICT as a public tertiary institution.

The management of Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT), a public tertiary Institution, was transferred from the Ministry of Education and Sports to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology on November 29, 2007. This followed a Cabinet decision and the subsequent directive from the Prime Minister to the Ministry of Education and Sports to make the transfer.

The Uganda Communications Act 2013 mandates Uganda Communications Commission to operate and manage the Institute. This has been done to enable the Institute to get policy guidance and funding to upgrade the Institute into a Centre of Excellence to the level of internationally renowned ICT Institutions.