The Independent (Kampala)

3 October 2012

Uganda: Teachers Urged to Learn ICT

The British Council (BC) in partnership with The Bill Gates Foundation on Saturday, last week handed over 31 computers fully connected to internet to Rubongi Army SS in Tororo district.

The BC's Representative Daudi Mulongo while addressing the gathering said that, "The British Council is willing and ready to support the secondary schools in Uganda with equipment in order to enhance the Information, Computer and Technology era to students who cannot afford to buy computers and get to internet."

The British Council is working hand in hand with Bill Gates Foundation to enhance the advancement of ICT in Africa. Mulongo said, in a meeting in Nairobi, Rubongi Army SS was selected to as a pilot school to enable students learn ICT in schools. And this does not stop only in Rubongi Army SS but to other schools.

Eng. Godfrey Kibuuka, a director at ICT ministry who was the guest of honour said that, "Government is ready to help most schools that do not have computers in their schools so that it helps students, now that computer has been included as a subject in the curriculum."

Eng Kibuuka has urged teachers to learn how to use computers and even to have them as their tools of operations since the system of operations have changed as we are in the computer age. "Its so bad to note that some of you teachers have not taken this seriously and you resort to doing things mechanically. You will find it difficult to cope up with the world," Kibuuka urged teachers and students.

Rubongi has 1350 students who are children of the fallen army officers, with 250 from Karamoja region.

The headmaster Captain Abubaker Kalume said, "The four classroom blocks that have been constructed by the Shs200million President Yoweri Museveni donated are now ready and will be launched next year."

Capt Kalume appealed to parents to provide lunch for students whom he said would perform better if they were fed at school.

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