Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has today advised the Ugandan Government to utilize the lull occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic to streamline elementary education.
UPC Party Spokesperson Sharon Arach Oyat made this appeal while addressing a press conference on Wednesday February 10, 2021 in Kampala.
Last Friday on February 5, 2021; it should be noted the Education Minister Janet Kataaha Museveni indefinitely closed nursery schools until the novel coronavirus ids dealt with.
However, while addressing the press today, Oyat urged the Government to utilize this very time to effect reforms in the sector.
“UPC is seeing a silver lining that would force the stakeholders to review the situation of pre-education or nursery schools. There should be a coherent policy on the syllabus and the level of training for teachers that will be needed to achieve the objective at hand,” she implored.
“This will require the government to allocate resources and be at the forefront of this transition as children will be joining Primary school with no academic background at all,” she explained.
For one, Oyat disclosed that kindergarten teachers need to be retooled and those not willing should be given alternative livelihoods than surrendering them to fate.
“Interestingly, many people had trained and specialised in early childhood development. If you are to phase out, then it should be planned properly as opposed to leaving teachers in the early childhood development sector unemployed,” she illustrated.
“UPC calls for improvement of their livelihood and welfare by upgrading those who are trainable and redeploy them as well as compensating or giving alternative employment to those who are un-trainable,” Oyat further stated.