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Laboratory Science Education and Industry


Performance of science subjects in Uganda is declining, with some districts registering very few or no science students at A-level. The poor status of laboratory education and industrial laboratory services across the country and region are the likely causes. Competent and all round skilled laboratory science technologists, trainers and service providers are either inadequate or missing all together across sectors, and where it exists, the competences are diverse and not properly harmonized. School laboratories, are inadequately managed, equipment dilapidated and science education quality is low. This trend will have negative impacts on the government policy of compulsory science subjects at O-level certificate.

This programme has been designed to address the above challenges, and enhance the profile, relevancy and application of laboratory science, technology and education at all levels. It will enhance science education while promoting production, productivity and employment.

To drive transformative skills, knowledge, technology, innovation, SMEs (Small-Medium Enterprises) and services into the meat industry and in partnerships, continuously improve production, health, employment, community well-being and economic growth.

The specific objectives of this programme are;
In line with government efforts to promote science and technology, the programme will equip students with skills relevant to laboratory science, laboratory business, laboratory education, laboratory investigation, research and innovations. Students shall be empowered with technical skills specifically aligned to teaching, education, research and industrial operations.


Program offered:

  • Artisan skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills diploma

Minimum Programme Duration: Two years for ordinary certificates and two years for diplomas.

Target group:Those interested in building attractive industrial, business, professional and service careers associated with laboratory science.


Minimum Entry Requirements

  • For artisan skills development certificate, the minimum is a school leaver with a good grade.
  • For professional skills qualification (ordinary certificate and ordinary diploma), the minimum is an ordinary level certificate.
  • Graduates of tertiary institutions and farmers are encouraged to apply because this program is designed to nurture skills, employment and enterprises for all.
  • O-level certificate entrants will undertake a bridging course when proceeding from diploma to degree level.

This programme offers work opportunities as one or more of the following;

  1. Laboratory attendant
  2. Laboratory assistant
  3. Laboratory science education techinician II (Biology and Chemistry / Physics, Computer and maths)
  4. Laboratory science industrial technician II (Food and Nutrition / Phameceutical and Tissue Culture Geo-petroleum)
  5. Laboratory science technologist  (Biology and Chemistry / Physics, Computer and maths)
  6. Laboratory science technologist (Food and Nutrition / Phameceutical and Tissue Culture Geo-petroleum)

Further Information
Visit the AFRISA Secretariat in the Veterinary Complex, Makerere University Main Campus.
Call +256-312 514 068 / +256-414-554 685 or send an email to <info@afrisa.org>

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