All is set for Luigi Giussani Institute of Higher Education (LGIHE) first degree programmes intake following clearance by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
LGIHE Academic Registrar, Ivan Mukibi, says the intake is monumental in the development of the Luzira-based institution, which is renowned for its teacher capacity building programmes and innovative research-based pedagogical practices.
“We will open our doors to our pioneer bachelor programmes students in August this year. This will be at our main campus in Luzira, Kampala, and at our different study centres in Arua, Kitgum and Lira,” Mukibi said.
The new courses include Bachelor of Pre-Primary Education (BPE), Bachelor of Education Primary (BEP), Bachelor of Science with Education (BSCED), and Bachelor of Arts with Education–Secondary (BAED).
The Bachelor of Pre-Primary Education Program is a two-year programme of study based on a conceptual framework of current theory, contemporary perspectives and sound research findings in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. The programme, which is designed to equip pre-primary teachers with competencies as stipulated in the MoES (2016) Competency Profile of a Nursery School Teacher in Uganda, will be open to direct entrants (completed A’level ) and those with a diploma obtained at credit/distinction level.
The Bachelor of Education Primary (BEP) programme, also categorised as first degree of pursuit in Primary Education, will adapt a competence-based module designed to suit the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes required of a primary school teacher and leader who can meet the needs of the 21st century learners. The programme will be open to direct entrants and those with a relevant diploma.
The other two new programmes are Bachelor of Science with Education (BSCED) and Bachelor of Arts with Education–Secondary (BAED). The Bachelor of Science with Education programme takes a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years divided into three sessions (trimesters). It is open for direct entrants and those with Grade V or Diploma in Education (secondary) qualifications.
For the Bachelor of Arts with Education, the hybrid programme is designed to scaffold students to become more thoughtful and informed education practitioners and teachers. For all the programmes, LGIHE adopts a trimester system which constitutes three sessions in each academic year. Each session is composed of 12 weeks for lectures, continuous assessment and practice. The programmes will largely be delivered through face-to-face lectures, online blended lessons, podcasts, active group discussions, tutorials, peer-to-peer tutoring, micro-teaching, fieldwork projects/outreach activities and research projects. Teaching and learning strategies will be highly interactive and learner-centred.
LGIHE is still accepting applications and tuition is quite affordable. Take advantage of the opportunity so as to be in line with the new National Teacher Policy that requires teachers at all levels in Ugandan schools to have degrees by 2029 as a minimum qualification.