By Spy Uganda
Parents have been tasked to ensure that students make good use of the study materials distributed by government.
During a joint meeting with officials from Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in Education at Bunyangabu District headquarters on Wednesday 29th, 2020, Kule Benson, a commissioner in Charge of Standards, observed that many parents didn’t give priority to the first study materials that were distributed.
He noted that another bach of study materials is being designed which might be used for final assessment.
He therefore asked parents to always monitor their children’s learning while they are still at home.
According to Moses Sunday Rubalema, the District Education Officer Bunyangabu, the schools need to practice the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as stipulated by Ministry of Health if schools are to be re-opened.
The Ministry Officials inspected some schools in Bunyangabu district both Primary and Secondary to ascertain whether they are following the SOPs to provide COVID-19.
The Ministry of Education and Sports last month started delivering the second phase of the self-study materials for Primary and Secondary learners.
As one of the best ways of ensuring continued learning at home during the COVID-19 lock down, the education Minister Hon. Janet Museveni proposed that lessons be delivered through print and self-study home packages, recorded lessons and live presentations on radio, television-lessons.
The National Curriculum Development Center-NCDC developed standardized self-study lesson packages for all core subjects for Primary and Secondary school learners.
State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo said the new study materials will help learners continue with their syllabus, adding that the first delivered package was meant for revision purpose.
He was speaking in Kasese during a meeting with district leaders.
Muyingo said that the government is determined to ensure that learners continue with studies because the ministry is not sure when schools will re-open.
However, the plan by the Ministry of Education has faced several challenges. For many districts, the distributed packages are not enough to cover the entire population of pupils yet many of the families do not own television and radio stations to tap into the lessons that are broadcast live on radio stations and television stations.