Jasper Abura, the Lira City Education Officer, says that the inspection report shows that most schools are keeping the learning materials instead of distributing it to their learners. He attributes this to the fact that the learning materials were delivered at the time when some of the schools were already closed.
schools in Lira city have failed to distribute the self-study materials
delivered by the Ministry of Education and Sports to learners.
Early this year, the
Ministry of Education and Sports embarked on the nationwide distribution of
self-study materials as one of the interventions to ensure that learners
continue study during the lockdown. Unlike last year when learning materials were
distributed through the local council chairpersons, in the new distribution
plan, learners were expected to receive the materials from their respective
However, the report shows that in Lira city, most schools have failed to deliver the
materials to the learners. Jasper Abura, the Lira City Education Officer, says that the inspection
report shows that most schools are keeping the learning materials instead of
distributing it to their learners.
He attributes this to the fact that the learning materials
were delivered at a time when some of the schools were already closed. Abura called on headteachers to ensure that the learning materials reach
the learners so that they do not forget all they learnt in class.
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Currently, the education department is traversing
schools to ascertain the exact number of schools still keeping the learning
materials in order to derive ways of making it reach the learners. Albert Lutoo, the Deputy
Headteacher of Ober Primary School confirmed that they couldn't give out all
the booklets to learners on time because of the lockdown.
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Sofia Rose Acen the headteacher of Lira Town
College said they received and distributed the booklets to the students to
enable them to concentrate because they already have lots to read.
Geoffrey Dila, the headteacher of Lira
Police Primary school who distributed all the booklets to their learners tasked
the parents to assume the responsibilities of teachers and explain to learners
what they may not understand.
“The first consignment from the government in the first lockdown was not well summarized but these booklets we received are
properly summarized and I know it will help our pupils well. My only prayer is
that parents should ensure that the children read these booklets and they
should also explain to them in case there are some parts which the pupils do
not understand because at the moment, parents are the teachers.”