By Spy Uganda
The management of Kampala Parents’ School on May 26, 2020, officially started offering full online classes for pupils, in their bid to keep them continue with the normal schooling program in the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
It should be noted that schools, universities and tertiary institutions were closed in March this year as per President Yoweri Museveni’s COVID-19 directives, although the closure affected several learners.
So as a way of helping pupils continue with the studies until the government announces reopening of the same, Kampala Parents School, in a circular to all parents and Guardians dated May 22, 2020, the school’s principal, Mrs. Daphine Kato, announced the online teaching programe that would begin with completion of 1st term syllabus, although the first phase would begin with upper primary pupils, i.e Primary Five to P.7.
“Online classes will begin with Term 1 work which was not completed due to abrupt ending of the term. After completion of the rest term material, we are to embark on Term II syllabus. During the first week of the online teaching, there will be induction and revision of the holiday work. We shall issue a time-table for online classes which will be flexible where need be,” she said.
She also noted that; “We should also not overlook the fact that the school has invested heavily in the equipment to enable online lessons go on smoothly for the benefit of the learners. More still, due to the limited movement during this period of COVID-19, the school will take up the responsibility of accommodating the teachers. Currently, the Online classes going on are for Primary Five, Six and Seven. Classes for Primary Three and Four will start on 29 May, 2020″.
It should however be noted that in April this year, the School started offering cost-free lessons to Primary Seven pupils via NTV Uganda, which will also continue until the end of the lockdown, airing from Monday to Friday starting at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and on Saturdays- 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, who owns Kampala Parents School under the Ruparelia Group of Companies’, told TheSpy Uganda in a phone interview that management of school had procured new 40 computers connected to the internet and cameras, invested in training teachers who will be offering lessons and accommodating them.
“Kampala Parents School has always been a proud leader in innovating for our parents and learners. It is difficult to predict when COVID-19 restrictions will end, yet our children must continue being fed with knowledge, that’s why we have now invested in this state-of-the-art tech.” he said.
The tycoon owns several other business ventures like Speke Hotel and Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo, Kabira Country Club, Kingdom Kampala Mall among other properties.