Findings show that no health workers or other hospitals staff carry out exclusive breastfeeding. For NGOs, only 9.1 percent of the mothers employed there are able to breastfeed exclusively followed by those employed in the private sector at 22.2 percent. Only women employed in United Nations agencies were found to be able to breastfeed exclusively for six months
The Uganda National Examinations Board has allowed candidates to wear face masks during the examination as part of the standard operating procedures to ensure that candidates don’t contract the deadly coronavirus. But, teachers fear that desperate candidates might want to use them to smuggle small pieces of paper with answers into the examination room.
The document is being prepared by the National Curriculum Development Centre looking at basic concepts in addition to needed competencies and life skills that learners should attain in a given class as per the syllabi.
When the government announced the reopening of schools, the pre-reopening activities were to include an update of the SOPs by the ministry. Although inspection has kicked off, the said tools have not been developed, leaving school proprietors, teachers, and parents guessing.
Juliet Mary Tumuhairwe, the headteacher of Uganda School for the Deaf notes that wearing a facial mask is very challenging for her group of learners as they cannot fully understand or interpret what the teacher is communicating with them.
“Everything is not well here. We have not received funds to operationalize the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs. Management requested for a supplementary, which was recently approved but the money has not been processed,” the source said.
Self-study materials were introduced as one of the interventions to ensure that learners continue learning during the lockdown. Although the materials were much needed during the period when learners were out of school, they are coming a few days to the expected phased resumption of teaching and learning activities.
The primary seven candidates totalling 749, 811 will be briefed on March 26, and start their examinations with the Mathematics Paper on March 30, 2021, and the Social Studies paper in the afternoon. The next day, learners will sit for the Integrated science paper and end with English on March 31, 2021.
This pronouncement comes amidst fears that the Ministry of Education had banned nursery schools, and advised that learners start their education cycle in Primary One. The Ministry had announced that Pre-Primary schools will remain closed because the learners in this category are prone to respiratory infections.
According to Dr Arinda Anita, a psychiatrist based at Butabika hospital, children with autism thrive better at school because of the clear structure and routines that schools provide. She says the children got very agitated since homes and parents can’t fully provide it and that healing them from that disruption would need a little more innovation from the experts.
According to the students, some of the challenges include trainers asking for money, lack of appropriate equipment for training, inadequate technical staff to supervise the students at their places of internship among others.
According to Dr. Muganga, the decision stems from a survey carried out between August and September last year involving 10,713 students, which showed that almost 50 percent couldn’t pay tuition resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Commissioner Science, Technology and Innovation Advancement and Outreach, Arthur Makara, the project is to be restarted immediately schools are opened fully for the lower primary classes.
Due to the high number of pregnancy cases recorded during the lockdown, ministry of education officials expected to have over 1,000 finalists in this state. However according to preliminary investigations, less than 200 finalists reported to education institutions when they were pregnant
Prof Samuel Luboga, Education Service Commission Chairperson, says 82 schools across the country will benefit from the recruitment as part of government’s efforts to ensure each sub-county has public school.
Dr Nambi says that besides looking at the huge content in the syllabus and throwing it to learners as it appears, teachers should use soft learner-centered methods and also put the focus on fundamentals. She notes that this will enable learners to attain given competence than cramping the content.
Tracy Muhirwe, a first year student, pursuing a degree in Information Technology, said she was called by her friend to come and start attending lectures in the last week of January. She hadn't known that campus had resumed.