The Ministry of Education and Sports, this week on Wednesday 17th march 2022, held a press conference, where it disclosed it’s plans to authorize the use of electronic devices in schools.
Dr. John Crysestorm Muyingo the state minister of Higher Education disclosed to the public that the Ministry is planning to regulate the use of Computers, phones in secondary schools by students in order to help students to comply to the new curriculum which was introduced by the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC)
However, since the disclose of the plan by Dr. Muyingo, mixed reactions have been raised from various headteachers and Director of Studies (D.O.S) in different schools.
Sam Mabunga the Headtecher, Bugisu High says that he welcomes the idea since the new curriculum advocates for ICT and research at Schools by Students.
“We welcome this development of ICT in schools because it will help student adhere to the new curriculum,” Mr.Sam told the lens.
He however, added that Students may misuse the device which will cause negative impact to the generation.
“But somehow on the other we’re worried on how to regulate these phones to our student in order not to cause negative effect to them,” he Said.
Gabe Christine the Headteacher, Town side High school says that, they’re ready to implement what the ministry will resolve but she revealed that studentts will use the phones in an improper way.
Kimanya Andrew the D.O.S at Nkoma High school says that, he is disgruntled by the decision made by the Government to regulate phones at schools, he however recommends that the Government should provide computers to students.
” As me I totally disagree with the move being taken by the government, it is not good to allow phones at school this means students have come to chill around but not to study,”He said.
In interview with some of the students from different schools, they told the lens media. that they’re happy and ready to comply to this policy when it is authorized by the Government.
In the New curriculum, schools teach 12 subjects at senior one and two, out of which 11 are compulsory while one is elective(optional). Students at level three and four will exit with a minimum of eight and maximum of nine subjects with seven of them compulsory.