Africa-Press – Uganda. The Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) has introduced a curriculum for herbalists.The curriculum was jointly developed by the National Drug Authority (NDA), the Natural Chemotherapeutic Research Institute (NCRI) and DIT.
Speaking at its launch in Kampala on Friday, Mr Patrick Byakatonda, the acting director of DIT, said the curriculum will help herbalists to acquire the title of ‘doctor’ after being assessed by DIT in their respective categories.
“Since we have just introduced this programme we have produced only Phase One, which starts from level one to level three,” he said.
Mr Byakatonda added that they have different interventions under DIT and they recognise the need for prior learning. He said this development will help solve the problem of imposters in the field of herbal medicine since all genuine practitioners will be issued with certificates or ‘workers pass’.
The curriculum has several levels, starting with level one which is equivalent to Senior Four, level two which is an equivalent to Senior six, level three which is equivalent to Advanced Certificate, level four which is equivalent to diploma, level five which is equivalent to high diploma, level six (Bachelor’s degree), level seven (Master’s degree and level eight (PhD).