November 29, 2020

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We want schools to reopen not radios – Parents

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Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 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 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 that can help to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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