A TRACER STUDY OF INSTITUTE OF
STATISTICS AND APPLIED ECONOMICS
GRADUATES WORKING IN KAMPALA
CITY-UGANDA FOR THE PERIOD 1990 to
INSTITUTE OF STATISTICS AND APPLIED
ECONOMICS, MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, UGANDA
Background to the study
o The Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics
(ISAE) was established as a regional project, within
the legal framework of Makerere University in1969.
o It provides facilities for the high level professional
training of personnel in Statistics, Planning and
Applied Economics to meet the needs of statistical
offices across Sub-Saharan region.
Objectives of the study
• To establish the sex and academic performance of
• To establish present employment status of graduates
• To assess the performance of graduates at work
• To assess the satisfaction of the graduates at work.
• To establish the differentials of sex, employment,
academic performance, satisfaction and job titles
Data collected was based on primary and secondary
The study population involved ISAE graduates. Out
of a population of 303 who graduated, a sample size
of 90 participants was selected purposively.
Data was entered in EPIDATA and exported to SPSS
Descriptive tests were used to establish relationships
between set of variables of interest
Discussion of findings of the study
Sex and academic performance of respondents
• Out of the 90 respondents, 64.5% were males while
35.5% were females.
• Also results show that 5.6% of the graduates obtained
first class degrees, 48.9% of the graduates were
second upper class degree holders and 45.6%
obtained lower class degrees.
Employment status of respondents
• The results revealed that 83.4% of the graduates are
• 12.2 % are self-employed.
• 4.4% are not employed but seeking employment.
• Among the graduates employed, some are on full
time jobs, others are pursuing advanced academic
studies but do part time work and others are on full
Performance of graduates at work
The findings in relation to performance of the
graduates at work reveal that;
• 55.6% of graduates use the knowledge and skills
acquired to a high extent
• 31.1% of the graduates use the knowledge and skills
acquired to some extent
• 13.3% of the graduates use the knowledge and skills
to a small extent.
Satisfaction of the graduates by sex
The responses of the graduates with regard to
satisfaction level according to sex indicated that
• 46.6% of males were very satisfied compared to
31.3% of females.
• 37.9% of males were satisfied in relation to 46.9% of
• 15.5% of males and 21.9% of females were fairy
Differentials of sex, employment, academic
performance, satisfaction and job titles.
Relationship between employment status and
sex of graduates.
• x2 (computed) = 1.007 and x2 (tabulated)=
Ho was rejected and concluded that there is
significant relationship between employment
status and sex of graduates.
• This is reflected by a higher percentage
(64.4%) of males employed compared to
35.6% of females
Relationship between performance at work and
class of degree of graduates.
x2 (computed) =2.224 and x2 (tabulated) = 0.898
The null hypothesis is rejected and the conclusion is
that performance of graduates at work is related to
class of degrees obtained.
Relationship between satisfaction and job titles of
x2 (computed )=10.257 and x2 (tabulated) = 0.418
The null hypothesis (Ho) is rejected and the
conclusion is that satisfaction level is associated with
job title of graduates.
• Limited time to carry out the study
• Financial constraints
• Most graduates are employed either in the public
sector or private sector.
• Graduates use the knowledge and skills acquired to a
high extent and most.
• More males were satisfied than females at work.
• There are significant associations between sex Vs
employment, performance at work Vs class of degree,
and satisfaction at work Vs job titles.
• Another study should be carried out to cover all the
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