Several parents have insisted that the government reopens schools
for learning instead of purchasing radios to be distributed to households.
In September, President Museveni ordered for the reopening of schools but only
for candidate classes, after more than six months of inactivity.
Museveni also said that the Ministry of Education is going to
ensure that the home-schooling programme is put up to ensure continued
learning. The said learning will be through radio and television broadcast
lessons on top of self-study materials that are going to be distributed.
He also said that plans are underway for government to provide at
least 10 million radio sets to every household and 137,466 solar-powered
television sets to villages.
Lawrence Senono a parent says that the government should stop
wasting resources, noting that many learners will misuse the radios since monitoring
is not guaranteed.
Senono says that the government should reopen schools and put in
place measures having that can help to minimize the spread of COVID 19.
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Grace Nyendwoha another parent notes that schools should reopen because
they don’t trust the government’s promise of providing radios. She says that up
to date her family has never received the free government face masks.
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Cyrus Ssebagala a parent also says that the government should
instead use the funds it plans to procure radios to ensure that schools put in
place the required SOPs and let the learners return to school.
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Harriet Nabweteme says that the lessons on the radios are not
conducive for learners, especially in rural areas. She says that the schools
should re-open to enable learners to interact physically with the teachers.
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On Wednesday, Parliament’s Budget Committee declined
to approve 336.8 Billion Shillings supplementary budget request by the
government to purchase 9 million radio sets for Ugandan homes to facilitate the
long-distance learning program.