Secondary schools have decried the lack of textbooks for the new
lower secondary curriculum.
The schools note that the National Curriculum Development Center-NCDCavailed them
inadequate textbooks while other schools are yet to receive the textbooks.
Mike Ssekago, the headteacher Wampewo Ntake Secondary School, says
that they are waiting for the Ministry of Education to avail them more textbooks
He says that it is still hard to give lessons to the Senior One students
without adequate textbooks.
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Under the new lower secondary school curriculum both the teachers and the
learners have to have their separate copies.
Lawrence Ssemujju, the Director of Studies at City High Secondary
School in Wakiso says that the two copies that were issued to them on each
subject just outlines the new topics they have to cover with no content.
He also notes that the school is facing challenges to access the
content of the NCDC website due to the high costs of the internet.
“The school cannot afford the internet required to download all
the textbooks required to teach under this new curriculum, it’s our prayer that
NCDC put the books on the market’’ Ssemujju said.
Patrick Nyonnyintono, the Director of Kann Secondary School says
that NCDC failed to fulfil its promise of issuing the textbooks to the school.
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About the content on the website, Nyonnyintono says that the
content is incomplete and that NCDC keeps updating the content.
However, the Executive Director of National Curriculum Development
Center (NCDC), Grace Baguma, encouraged schools to navigate the NCDC portal and
access the content.
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Last year, according to Uganda Publisher’s Association, it was revealed that an
estimated 30 Billion Shillings had been spent by 20 publishing houses to
develop textbooks for the new lower secondary curriculum. The money was
reportedly spent to develop draft copies of textbooks that will be sent to the
Education and Sports Ministry for evaluation and selection through an open
Each publisher is required to present two copies of the teacher’s
guide and a student copy of a selected subject.
Under the new lower secondary curriculum the senior one and two
classes are supposed to study twelve subjects of which 11 are compulsory and