The government planned to procure radio sets as one of the measures to ensure that there was continuity in learning after the closure of all educational institutions and other concentration centres following an outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Ministry of Education is planning to
reintroduce a proposal for the purchase of radio sets for learners who
are currently stuck at home as Uganda battles a surge in COVID-19 cases.
government planned to procure radio sets as one of the measures to
ensure that there was continuity in learning after the closure of all
educational institutions and other concentration centres following an
outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
the proposal was rejected as the Ministry of Health sought a budget of
330 billion Shillings for the purchase of nine million radios, which,
according to the plan, were to be procured from Orions Transformers and
Electricals Ltd and distributed to
households across the country.
parliament doubted the credibility of the company that was going to
produce the radio sets, yet many of the legislators said they did not
see a need for the radio sets. But State Minister for Higher Education
John Chrysostom Muyingo says that although the idea was rejected, they
to seek Parliament's indulgence again, since the schools were closed
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Muyingo said that radio, and the use of
internet for education was what worked best during the first lockdown.
He says a more detailed plan on the future of education and
learners amidst COVID-19 will be addressed
later in Parliament. Muyingo says that the continuity plan for learners and teacher
development will be key issues as he starts a new term in the Ministry.
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Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the Minister for Primary Education who
was equally vetted today says that she comes with a rich background not only as
a medical doctor but a scientist and former lecturer in a University. Kaducu says
that she will bring her health experience to battle COVID-19 in schools, because, for her, it was sad to see school children
return home with COVID-19.
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Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Sports Denis Hamson Obua
said that his appeal while appearing
before the Appointments committee was that sports should be
given more funding.
He says that several facilities still need to be developed,
but stated that there are several initiatives now ongoing to uplift sports in