By Andrew Masinde and Francis Emorut
All public secondary schools are to be equipped with computers come June this year, Minister of Education, Jessica Alupo has said.
She was addressing secondary school head teachers from both private and public schools across the country at their Annual General Meeting for the Association of Secondary School Head teachers of Uganda (ASSHU) at UMA conference Hall in Kampala.
The two day conference aimed at equipping teachers with skills on how to effectively manage the school administration drew over 700 head teachers from around the country.
Alupo said: “All public secondary schools will be having computers and so far 957 schools have got it and we are now remaining with 97 schools to finalise this process.”
“We want all schools to be fully equipped with ICT because the world today without computers you are doomed, so after completing the distribution, ICT will be compulsory for all A-Level students,” she stated.
The head teachers welcomed the move saying it will facilitate the learning of students.
Patrick Oketch the head teacher of Lango College in Lira said that computers are important for the school however, he pointed out that the computers are too few and yet the number of students is too big.
Paul Serunjogi the head teacher of Masaka Secondary School said the computers will enable students to cope with global modern technology.
He also appealed to the ministry to have the computers sold to private schools at subsidised prices.
Francis Okech of Kaberemaido stressed the need to have electricity in schools otherwise students in rural areas would be disadvantaged. “We received solar powered computers but we request that government extends power,” Okech said.
Fredrick Madale of Iganga said computers will help students acquire skills in information communication technology.
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