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Former ICT Minister Mulira Commends Victoria University Online Learning Initiatives

Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT Hon Ham Mulira has commended Victoria University for putting in place early measures to help students continue with their classes COURTESY PHOTO Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT Hon Ham Mulira has commended Victoria University for putting in place early measures to help students continue with their classes

Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT Hon Ham Mulira has commended Victoria University for putting in place early measures to help students continue with their classes uninterrupted during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Hon Mulira while addressing the media at Victoria University in Kampala said that such early initiatives like giving each new student a laptop will provide them with ability to study away from the university during this lockdown period caused by coronavirus.

“Corona Virus started as a health problem in China several thousands of miles away. We did not know the kind of impact it was going to have on several sectors. We have seen what it has done to so many economies around the world,”

“One of the areas which has been greatly affected is education. Students had to be asked to go home because they could not stay in an environment with great risks for COVID 19 infection,” Mulira said.

He adds that government through the National Council for Higher Education has come up with online/ distance learning guidelines for Higher learning education institutions on how to use technology as a medium of communication to impart knowledge to students while they are away from school.

” In Uganda we have 15m students who were asked to go home because they could not continue with their formal education in traditional means yet education has to continue. The solution was to adopt technology in the infusion of imparting knowledge through online/distance learning.”

The former ICT minister however explained that COVID 19 has come with some positive effects on education saying that online learning had been tried long ago and failed but said the COVID rebooted the interest in need of online education.

” At Victoria University students who register get laptops issued to him or her and they started this before COVID. This has been ongoing and provides their students with the ability to study away from the university” Mulira noted.

He further asked the university to address the issue of connectivity using internet to enable students get the best.

Dr Krishna Sharma the Vice chancellor Victoria University also noted that it is the responsibility of universities and education institutions to foresee and come up with innovative ways to ensure they are not interrupted by any pandemic.

“It was the responsibility of universities to foresee and prepare self accordingly. For Victoria University our team had already done guidelines two months ago before these of NCHE came out. We did a survey to find out the challenges of students, our staff and ourselves came out with our own guidelines,” he said.

Dr. Sharma says the university is ready to commence online teaching adding that all the issues raised in the guidelines by NCHE have already been in place at Victoria University.

“As VU most of the issues NCHE is asking we have been practicing them. We have been using them with our students and training our staff with effective utilizing e-learning resources”.

“We are ready to roll. We started getting students to apply, register and pay online. We can also teach online and evaluate them online. This is the responsibility of the universities to take up and come up with innovative ways that best fits our staff, our localities and students”.

He said the online classes will be conducted at free cost while those who will not be able will be provided with printed contents for self-study.

SOURCE: command1Post.com

Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT Hon Ham Mulira has commended Victoria University for putting in place early measures to help students continue with their classes uninterrupted during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Hon Mulira while addressing the media at Victoria University in Kampala said that such early initiatives like giving each new student a laptop will provide them with ability to study away from the university during this lockdown period caused by corona virus.

“Corona Virus started as a health problem in China several thousands of miles away. We did not know the kind of impact it was going to have on several sectors. We have seen what it has done to so many economies around the world,”

“One of the areas which has been greatly affected is education. Students had to be asked to go home because they could not stay in an environment with great risks for COVID 19 infection,” Mulira said.

He adds that government through the National Council for Higher Education has come up with online/ distance learning guidelines for Higher learning education institutions on how to use technology as a medium of communication to impart knowledge to students while they are away from school.

” In Uganda we have 15m students who were asked to go home because they could not continue with their formal education in traditional means yet education has to continue. The solution was to adopt technology in the infusion of imparting knowledge through online/distance learning.”

The former ICT minister however explained that COVID 19 has come with some positive effects on education saying that online learning had been tried long ago and failed but said the COVID rebooted the interest in need of online education.

” At Victoria University students who register get laptops issued to him or her and they started this before COVID. This has been ongoing and provides their students with the ability to study away from the university” Mulira noted.

He further asked the university to address the issue of connectivity using internet to enable students get the best.

Dr Krishna Sharma the Vice chancellor Victoria University also noted that it is the responsibility of universities and education institutions to foresee and come up with innovative ways to ensure they are not interrupted by any pandemic.

“It was the responsibility of universities to foresee and prepare self accordingly. For Victoria University our team had already done guidelines two months ago before these of NCHE came out. We did a survey to find out the challenges of students, our staff and ourselves came out with our own guidelines,” he said.

Dr. Sharma says the university is ready to commence online teaching adding that all the issues raised in the guidelines by NCHE have already been in place at Victoria University.

“As VU most of the issues NCHE is asking we have been practicing them. We have been using them with our students and training our staff with effective utilizing e-learning resources”.

“We are ready to roll. We started getting students to apply, register and pay online. We can also teach online and evaluate them online. This is the responsibility of the universities to take up and come up with innovative ways that best fits our staff, our localities and students”.

He said the online classes will be conducted at free cost while those who will not be able will be provided with printed contents for self-study.

SOURCE: command1Post.com

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