According to a UNSECO report, television lessons faced challenges in producing content, the absence of pre-existing partnerships for the design and broadcasting of the educational content, and also lacked collaboration between education specialists and the professionals of the audio-visual sector.
of Education and Sports has launched the resumption of radio broadcast lessons, days after the government effected a second school closure in the face of a new
wave of covid19 infections.
Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, says the first lessons will cater for middle primary classes (P4 and P5) and will be
aired over 15 regional-based radio stations starting June 14.
are therefore requested to support learners with radio sets and to also allow
them time to tune in to the various radio stations in order to attend the
lessons," Kakooza noted in a statement, adding that the dates and timetable for
other classes will be communicated later.
the program, each radio station will be airing two 25-minutes lessons per day
for three days a week starting from Monday to Wednesday.
stations selected for the job include; Mega Fm, Tembo Fm, Radio Wa, Voice of
Karamoja, Radio Pacis, Open Gate, Radio Kitala, and CBS FM. Others are Radio
Kagadi, Kasese Guide Fm, Baba Fm, Radio West, and Voice of Kigezi.
abruptly closed last year, several schools came up with remote learning
solutions most of which were internet-based. But considering the technological
disparity, the ministry of education opted for using television and radio-based
programs to implement distance education.
Ismael Mulindwa, the Director Basic Education who also doubles as the
chairperson of the covid-19 education response committee, says they are not
rushing for the televised lessons this time.
explains that unlike radio lesson broadcasting where the ministry through
National Curriculum Development Centre has already developed capacity, they are
several things they need to work on before resuming televised lessons.
lessons have several things that must be put up for it to be more effective; we
are no ready and we don’t want to repeat mistakes that were made in earlier
broadcasts,” says Mulindwa.
a UNSECO report, television lessons faced challenges in producing content, the
absence of pre-existing partnerships for the design and broadcasting of the
educational content, and also lacked collaboration between education
specialists and the professionals of the audio-visual sector.
says apart from the production and pedagogical issues, they are also
considering coverage and accessibility.
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from the first-time experience, Mulindwa says that the ministry through
National Curriculum Development Centre has designed a new strategy to ensure
the effectiveness and quality of the lessons they intend to air.
time we were learning on the job. but now we have developed capacity and also
reviewed our shortcomings," explains Mulindwa. "First, all the lessons that are going to be
broadcast have been preloaded under supervision of NCDC putting into
consideration the art of teaching using radio.”
adds that during the 25 minutes’ lesson, they have ensured that there will be
no adverts to distract learners’ attention once the lesson starts. Also, since
not all teachers are knowledgeable in teaching using radio, he adds that a
selected few teachers will be used.
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facilitate aired lessons, the ministry will be using part of the grant that the
country received from the Global Partnership in Education-GPE program channeled
through the World Bank as COVID-19 Emergency Education Response package.
received 5.8 billion Shillings in this package out of which 2.2 billion Shillings
was to support the procurement of airtime on radio and TV stations to
air the lessons.
government had mooted an idea of procuring a radio set for every household in Uganda
as one of the means to ensure that no learner would miss out on the broadcast lessons. However, the idea suffered setbacks when MPs declined to approve a loan
that could finance the programme, after finding the capacity of the supplier doubtful.