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CoCIS hosts and conducts ERS pilot exercise

18 January 2018
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The College of Computing and IS (CoCIS) hosted and conducted a pilot exercise of over 6000 job applicants during the second week of January 2018. The objective of this activity was to carry out an online based aptitude assessment (e-recruitment) of all the job applicants.
The assessment the first of its kind was coordinated by the Uganda Public Service Commission (PSC) and CoCIS and follows the launch of the Electronic Recruitment System (ERS) in December 2017 that allows for the automated enlistment of applicants.
This form of recruitment was developed to addresses some of the administrative challenges encountered by PSC when recruiting for other government agencies which include; time taken to recruit, costs incurred during recruitment, paperwork used, complaints from applicants e.g. fraud etc.
Present during the assessment and the press briefing were Justice Ralph W. Ochan (PSC chairperson), Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS), Hon. Benigina Mukiibi (Member, PSC), Ms. Winnie Kabogosa Musoke (Member, PSC), Mr. Enyomu Richard (Commissioner, Monitoring & Guidance, PSC), and Ms. Alenga Rose, Undersecretary PSC).

According to the PSC chairperson, Justice Ralph W. Ochan, the just concluded assessment was a huge success and will go further in improving transparency, data management, scheduling of interviews, shortlisting qualified applicants etc. He applauded the partnership between both institutions (PSC and CoCIS) that made this exercise a success (especially on the cost implications for government) and looked forward to more similar partnership in the near future.

Prof. T. Oyana (Principal, CoCIS) in his remarks welcomed the applicants and the team from PSC. He thanked them for taking the initiative in developing such a system that will curb out corruption and enhance efficiency within the recruitment process. He wished the applicants present on that day all the best during their assessments and reiterated that CoCIS is an icon of excellence in the areas of;
•    Teaching and Knowledge transfer
•    Research and Innovations
•    Digital Literacy etc.
and encouraged all applicants to endeavor and take a tour of the College and see what makes it the best in region (East Africa).

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