Walter Tootika, a parent who doubles as a Male Councilor for Omel Sub-County in Gulu District said the radio lessons were not beneficial to learners in the area because several homes do not own radios and they banked their hopes on Government’s false promise.
Parents, local leaders and education authorities in Acholi have
expressed disappointment at the Government for failing to deliver radio sets to
households to facilitate long-distance learning.
In July 2020, during the first pandemic lockdown to curb the spread of
Coronavirus Disease, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni promised that the government
would procure and distribute 10 million radio sets to households countrywide.
The lockdown had led to the closure of all educational
institutions of learning right from Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary
Schools including Universities and Tertiary Institutions which interrupted
normal classes for1.5 million learners.
Walter Tootika, a parent who doubles as a Male Councilor for Omel
Sub-County in Gulu District said the radio lessons were not beneficial to
learners in the area because several homes do not own radios and they banked
their hopes on Government’s false promise.
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Gulu District Inspector of Schools, Robinson Obwot observed that the government’s
failure to deliver radio sets has made it very hard for the education
department to monitor and evaluate the impact of the program on the targeted
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Christopher Ocan, the Amuru District Inspector of Schools
explained that the lack of radios in homesteads has largely failed the good
initiative coupled with the negative attitudes of some parents who keep
children preoccupied with home chores.
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Rev. Vincent Oceng Oceng, the Omoro District Education Officer and his counterpart
George Ayiba Butele, of Nwoya District asserted that the lack of radio sets in
families coupled with limited space for the radio lessons has made the radio
lessons less beneficial to the target learners.
The education experts also faulted the Government for not
involving them during the initial planning process and implementation of the
radio lessons. They said if the pandemic continues to interrupt learning, the
Government must redesign the intervention.
On June 18 when Museveni re-imposed the second lockdown, the Ministry of
Education revived the radio lessons to be conducted on 15 selected radio
stations across the country, this time targeting Primary 3 and 4 classes.
According to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of
Finance, Planning and Economic Development, the procurement of the 10 million
radio sets would require Shillings 336.8 billion.