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Lira Schools Stuck with Self Study Materials Supplied by MoES

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.

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Several 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 schools. 

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.”  

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