Emma Kooko, a senior six student at Masaba Secondary School offering BCM, says the idea of studying at home is unrealistic for children from disadvantaged homes.
He is among the lucky children living in the camp whose family has a TV set but he says what is taught on TV is not adequate enough to equip them with the necessary knowledge and that they don’t have an opportunity for feedback since the teachers are fast and don’t provide room for questions.
The decision by
government to deliver lessons using broadcast media and online platforms has
shut out learners in Bunambutye resettlement camp in Bulambuli district.
are only three television sets in the resettlement camp, which is home to over
200 families. The television sets
that were acquired through hire purchase are powered by solar. The families
have to pay daily fees before they can use the sets.
Most of the learners say
they lack access to radio receivers, which is key in the current learning process. There are over 300
students who attend studies at Masaba Secondary School in Sironko and over 1500
pupils of Bunambutye Primary School, which is found in the camp.
Emma Kooko, a
senior six student at Masaba Secondary School offering BCM, says the idea of
studying at home is unrealistic for children from disadvantaged homes. He is among the lucky children
in the camp whose family has a TV set. Kooko however, says what is taught on TV
is insufficient to equip them with the necessary knowledge.
He also says there
is no chance for teachers to get feedback from learners since they even don’t provide
room for questions. Kooko says that even they have a TV set; the cost of using
it is high.
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Esther Nafuna, a senior three student at Masaba Secondary School says learning
on TV and radio can’t work for them since majority of the families in the camp
neither have a TV set nor radio receiver.
She says government is only focusing
on advantaged people in urban centers who can afford television sets leaving
out majority of leaners in rural areas.
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John Silengo, a senior
four student at the same school, says he is spending much of his time in the
garden and uses the remaining time to revise his notes.
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Sarah Wanyenze is a teacher at Bunambutye Primary School. She says it is difficult
for children to study at home since even at school they have been forcing them
to stay in class.
Wanyenze says the delivery of lessons on Radio and TV isn’t
working since on three families have Television sets and not more than 20
families own radio sets.
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Sam Wanga, the Chairperson Bunambutye Primary School Parents and Teachers
Association, says learners in the camp haven’t received any learning material
since the closure of schools.
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Rhoda Buteme, the Vice Chairperson Bunambutye resettlement camp, says some children
whose families don’t have TV sets are forced to gather in homes with TV sets to
follow some lessons.
She however, says the Camp Covid19 Task force discourages
learners from converging because of the physical distancing guidelines.
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James Ngoyi, the Bulambuli Deputy Chief Administrative Officer told Uganda
Radio Network that the district has received learning materials delivered by Ministry
of Education, saying they will soon deliver the material to all learners including
those in the camp.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.