Over The Radio Lessons for P4, P5 starting On Monday. – Education Ministry.
Written by Derrick Asaba on June 11, 2021
Following the closure of all schools in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education and Sports has rolled out a timed plan to conduct radio lessons to ensure a continuous learning process of learners in the country.
In a document accessed by this website dated June 10 and signed by the Permanent Secretary of this Ministry, Alex Kakooza, the lessons will be airing starting on June 14 for Primary four and five as the date for the rest of the classes awaits communication later.
The exercise will run from June to July as quoted, in a five week’s time effective Monday. According to the timetable, learners are expected to attend lessons for 25 minutes and this will be conducted in two sessions; Session 1 and 2 in the morning and afternoon.
The sessions will run between 8:30 am and 3 pm in the afternoon from Monday to Wednesday on a weekly basis with lessons for each of the classes conducted at least in any of the two sessions daily.
Kakooza urged parents and guardians to not only support learners with radio sets but also to allow them to tune in to various radio stations in order to attend and participate in the lessons.
Some of these radio stations are; Mega FM (Gulu), CBS FM (Kampala), Open Gate FM (Mbale), Voice of Tooro (Fort Portal), Voice of Kigezi (Kabale), Baba FM (Jinja), Radio Pacis (Arua) and Guide FM (Kasese).
It should be remembered that the government of Uganda planned to provide at least 10 million radio sets to every household as one of the drastic measures to keep learners safe while learning virtually.
However, in the evening of November last year, parliament declined approval of the 336.8 billion supplementary expenditure request for purchase of nine million radio sets to facilitate the long-distance learning programme.
This was partly because of the fact that students and parents were not given an opportunity to ask questions directly and the teacher always rushed to conclude the lesson because of the time.
This was according to the report on assessment of radio assisted learning programme conducted by the Ministry of Education and Sports which fell far short of the effectiveness of radio-based learning.