In rural or urban, ongoing online classes not favouring learners – UPC President
Kampala – 31, September 2021: Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) party wants government to strategically address gaps in the current learning program.
Since Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Uganda last year, education, like other key sectors suffered immensely.
Lower schools and higher learning institutions have been closed to control infections. However, to ensure that there is continuity, government introduced and emphasized on online classes for all learners across the country.
Online or virtual classes (education) in Uganda later received criticism by some experts, including parents.
Deep in the village, and the same in urban areas, many parents cannot afford a TV set or radio to allow their children attend virtual classes.
Politically, UPC last month told government not to assume that the rural poor are enjoying online lessons.
Addressing the media on Wednesday 1, September, UPC party president, Akena Jimmy had this to add:
“The Ministry of Education this week released a plan for the phased reopening of schools and higher learning institutions. Uganda Peoples Congress applauds the ministry for this move. However, we call upon the Government to strategically work on the general plan for full reopening of schools to enable our children resume the education process.”
“The ongoing online classes do not favor all students be it in urban or rural areas! Majority of them cannot afford to acquire the learning equipment such as smart phones, radios, televisions and computers,” he adds.
“Now that we are vaccinating our teachers, UPC calls for greater efforts for effective and efficient vaccination of teachers across the country, this will minimize the risks of spreading the virus, while observing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).”
According to Akena, one of the strategies tabled before reopening of the schools included but not limited to the ‘review of the school curriculum’ aimed at breaking down the syllabus into only core competences.
However, he says, UPC urges the ministry of Education to retrain teachers as a way of equipping them to properly and effectively execute the concise curriculum.
“The school administrators are urged not to exploit parents by charging unfair school fees as the covid 19 lockdown has economically affected all parties.”