MP Waluswaka: suspend e-learning on radios, TVs

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Hon Waluswaka

Members have demanded an explanation from the Minister of Education on the measures put in place to cater for students living disability like hearing impairment and those who are in rural areas and cannot access radios and TVs their bid to dispense E – Learning.

Bunyole West Member of Parliament Hon James Waluswaka during Wednesday plenary asked the government to suspend E-learning (through Radios and TVs) since it does not cover the whole country and it’s being selectively applied.

He says that he is in agreement with H.E President view of suspending school for a term or even a year.

Members questioned why Ministry decided to work with the RDCs and CAOs instead of the District Education Officers.

Victoria University

In response, State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysestom Muyingo, said that plans are underway to engage owners of popular FM radio stations — to disseminate academic lessons.

Hon. Muyingo says that the ministry has distributed to learners across the country self – study print materials from P1 to P7.

He says that these materials are handed to the RDCs and CAOs who are expected to distribute them to sub-county chiefs and the LC1s.

To address the issue of local language, the new curriculum introduced the use of local language as a medium of instruction from Primary 1 to Primary 3 while at Primary 4 to 7, local languages form part of the primary curriculum and are compulsory.

ICT has been in-cooperated in all the subjects as an enabling tool to facilitate access to information outside the classroom.

Students who lack access to Radio and TV sets, will be availed self-study materials — through RDCs, CAOs and LCs.

Medical school

In a statement about proposed closure of Ugandan Medical & Dental schools by regional experts, Muyingo said corrective measures were afoot.

He requested Parliament for more funds to be channelled to the said public and private schools.

Currently, Uganda produces 500 doctors & dentists annually.

The doctor patient ratio stands at 1 to 60,000. For dentists, it is at 1 to 125,000.

Uganda has a total of 10 medical and three dental schools.

This is a clear indication of an acute shortage of professionals in Medicine and Dentistry.

Schools which have the facilities will also be able to pick ICT as an elective subject.

The existing schools produce about 500 doctors and 25 dentists annually.

It is against this background that NCHE has emphasized a spirit of nurturing our schools rather than closure as a measure of first instance when evaluating a five year programme.

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