Our reporter visited Awojamoro Village in Mukongoro Sub County but found a number of children playing in their homes. Among them was Tom Eibu, a candidate of Kumi Township Primary School. He told our reporter that he has not seen any study material to help him at home.
Several people in Teso Region are
struggling to cope with the alternative learning methods that were zeroed on by
the Ministry of Education to keep children learning during the ongoing
A number of approaches have been
adopted since the closure of schools on March 20, as one of the measures which
were taken to help Uganda forestall the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19.
They include print and self-study home packages, recorded lessons and live
presentations on radio, television-lessons, and online uploads sent to learners
through mobile phones.
Most of the districts in Teso
received the study materials last weekend and early in the week. In Kumi
district, the materials have reached parish level, awaiting distribution to the
villages where they will be delivered to learners by village chairpersons.
Sarah Adongo, the District
Inspector of Schools in Kumi says that they received the materials on Monday
from the Resident District Commissioner’s office and sent them to the sub
counties through the Senior Assistant Secretaries, following the directive from
the ministry. But she says that the copies are not enough to cover all the
learners in the district.
“We have an enrollment of more
than 74,000 pupils in primary schools across the six sub-counties and two
divisions but we received only 5,000 copies of study material. If this scheme
is to work, parents need to photocopy the study material to help them reach to
all learners”, Adongo said.
Our reporter visited Awojamoro
Village in Mukongoro Sub County but found a number of children playing in their
homes. Among them was Tom Eibu, a candidate of Kumi Township Primary School,
who has not seen any study material to help him at home.
In Kaberamaido District, Richard
Elyebu, the District Education Officer revealed that he received about 18,000
copies of study material to be shared with Kalaki district, yet Kaberamaido
district alone has over 75,000 learners in primary schools.
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Lydia Atino, a parent from Ararak B Cell in
Kaberamaido Town Council says that much as she would be willing to help her
children study, her level of education is very low to match the standard of her
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In Soroti district, 33 pupils will be sharing
one set of self- study the material while about 100 students will be
sharing a set in secondary level.
James Oede, the District
Education Officer in Soroti says they are struggling to deliver the learning
materials to the learners because of laxity of local leaders especially village
chairpersons who have to walk to every a household without any facilitation.