Kampala Parents School has lined up exciting & educative content for Primary Seven (P7) students who are now quarantined in their homes as the country joins the rest of the world in trying to defeat the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.
The school, through a televised show on NTV Uganda, on Monday through to Friday at 8 am to 9 am, conducts lessons covering the leading four subjects under the primary level curriculum and examined by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).
The TV how codenamed Learn At Home has teachers teaching Mathematics, Science, English language and Social Studies. The program’s efforts are to help P7 students prepare for the national Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).
Because of the disruptions caused by COVID19, the ministry of education doesn’t know when the country will be able to reopen schools that were directed to close their operations on 20th March 2020 by President Yoweri Museveni as a measure to protect learners from contracting the global virus.
This also means the education ministry and UNEB don’t know when it will conduct the PLE examinations – these usually take place end of November. The registration of P7 candidates which usually takes place in the first term (February – May) hasn’t happened either.
When schools reopen, they will have to deal with the registration of candidates as well as try to beat time to accomplish the academic syllabus.
Schools with resources like Kampala Parents are turning to traditional media and new technology to teach their candidates. The program on NTV Uganda and the use of social media platforms like Facebook Live and YouTube have been adopted by the school.
In a message to parents following the school’s closure, Daphine Kato, Kampala Parents’ School principal said they had given students sufficient work that will enable them to revise during the period they will be away from school.
“You are requested to provide the necessary guidance so that they can benefit from this revision,” Kato said in the letter to parents. “This period should not be taken as any other holiday where our children can visit relatives and or go to a place like leisure parks and other gatherings.
“We request that you restrict their movement apart from situations where it is inevitable. Strictly adhere to the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of health.” Kato added.