MPs distribution of radios and television
MPs questioned why the government continues to preach the idea of digital learning yet it has not yet fulfilled the promise it made earlier. PHOTO/Museveni at Voice of Tooro.

MPs led by Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga caution government on the promise made concerning the distribution of radios and television sets to the locals.

A section of legislators has come out to caution government about the promise it made earlier concerning the distribution of radios and television sets urging that it should be fulfilled earlier enough to help students across the country more so those in far to reach districts engage favourably in homeschooling.

Members of Parliament (MP) led by the Mukono County South legislator, Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga during the Parliamentary sitting on Wednesday questioned why the government continues to preach the idea of digital learning yet it has not yet fulfilled the promise it made concerning the distribution of radios and television sets to the locals.

“You’re talking about home schooling, government promised radios and TVs, what happened to them?” Muyanja raised worries.

During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni ordered for the reopening of schools from October 15 for the finalists at each level of education provided they are in a position to observe the necessary Standard Operating Procedures.

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The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John Muyingo told Parliament in the sitting on Wednesday that they have already discussed with schools to ensure the proper guidelines are put in place before they are reopened next month.

Muyingo who was first to mention that there will be no dead year for any section of the student said that while the finalists resume in mid-October, students in other classes and levels of education will be expected to commence with an enhanced homeschooling programme.

MPs distribution of radios and television
MPs questioned why the government continues to preach the idea of digital learning yet it has not yet fulfilled the promise it made earlier. PHOTO/Museveni at Voice of Tooro.

“The education institutions will reopen on October 15, 2020, beginning with candidate classes and final year students while the rest of the students continue with an enhanced home schooling programme,” Dr Muyingo said.

“With the enhanced home schooling, it is anticipated that learners can reach the level of achieving promotion to the next class even if they don’t go back before the end of the year.”

Meanwhile, part of the guidelines directs schools to choose between operating as either day schools or boarding schools but limited to both. Other guidelines also point to a limited number of students expected in each classroom.

Also, the Ministry guidelines require that all students are stressed to mandatory checking and screening for the Covid-19 before they are allowed to report back to school. As well schools are required to have full-time health workers or partner with nearby health centres in case of emergencies.

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