By Olivia Nabaggala
18th February 2021
Students studying Engineering are decrying the challenges they face while on internship training.
According to the students, some of the challenges include trainers asking for money, lack of appropriate equipment for training, inadequate technical staff to supervise the students at their places of internship among others.
Joshua Ssebaana Suubi, an Electrical Engineering student at Makerere University says that he was forced to shift from his Electrical Engineering path to software after he applied for internship placement in five places, but only one responded at the time when the internship period had elapsed.
Dr Michael Kyakula, Head of Civil and Building department at Kyambogo University says some
However Johnson Turyamwesimira, the Principal Qualification Officer at the Directorate of Industrial Training blames the poor internship placements and training on the COVID 19 pandemic.
Few training places are offering internships, while some take in very few because there are few staff. He says this affects the graduates who are passed out especially on the hands-on work in Engineering.