At the Island, there is only one resident who owns a television set, which is placed in one small room. He added that although the resident wanted to help, the space at his home is not enough to host the learners, without breaking the guidelines on social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lufu Island in Buvuma district are seeking for a special arrangement to cater for the learning
needs of children from the island communities during the ongoing closure of
that their children have not
benefited from any of the interventions that the Ministry of Education announced
as part of the education response plan. These include teaching children
virtually through lesson broadcast on both radio and television and the distribution
off self-study materials that were sent through the local councils.
Lufu island has one government primary school with an enrollment of 539
pupils who are currently at home
with no material of aid to support continuity of learning, according to
the school director of studies Geoffrey Oryem. 13 of the
school pupils were expected to sit for Primary Leaving Examinations this year.
At the Island, there is only one resident who
owns a television set, which is placed in one small room. He added that although
the resident wanted to help, the space at his home is not enough to host the
learners, without breaking the guidelines on social distancing in the wake of
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oryem fears that many of the children might
drop out of school considering that keeping them in school has previously been
a tug of war, in an area where they are attracted more to fishing activities
“Being an island…
Cue out…stay at home.”//
Richard Balwa, the area LCI chairperson says that the island received one copy of self-study materials for
each of the four-subject
covering only two classes; Primary
six and Primary Seven.
He, however, says that he is
keeping the materials at his home while waiting for parents to raise money for
his transport to Jinja town, where he hopes to run photocopies.
a parent of 13 children suggests that the government reopens island school since they do not have any contact with
the mainland, and therefore cannot spread coronavirus disease.
//Cue in; “Naye singa omwana…
Cue out…ekyo kyebazikozesa.”//
The Buvuma Deputy Residents Commissioner Juma Kigongo
advises the parents to encourage their children to revise their books as well as attend
classes on radios.
“The government has…
Cue out…they continue learning.”//
Buvuma District Education
Officer Hussein Bugembe says
they are also waiting for guidance from the Ministry of Education and Sports on the resumption
of schools, and adds that the challenge of attending virtual
classes has affected all scattered islands across the district.