Local innovators from the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology have come up with low-cost mechanisms for students to study during the second lockdown.
The group of local innovators dubbed Shule Technologies Ltd came up with these means meant to ensure that students can keep up with their studies despite the presence of an ongoing lockdown.
“The Lesson” which is the name of the innovation is meant to provide short lessons in form of video recordings to enable both primary going and secondary school going students to stay at par with their lessons.
This innovation is aimed at helping parents to aid their children’s learning process at an affordable price despite the presence of a lockdown as “The Lesson” Chief Executive Office, Thembo Charles Lwanga said;
“We know how expensive it is to sustain a student on coaching during this lockdown, let alone the risk of contracting the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. That is why we thought of a less costly and infection-free method of delivering quality lessons to them at the comfort of their dwelling.”
Therefore, for a student to access these lessons, they will be expected to pay UGX 1,000 or rather UGX 60,000 for an entire term.
“At only Shs1000 per day or 60,000 per term, a student is able to access any lesson of his or her choice and study,” Mr. Lwanga went on to elaborate the point about students attending classes at a lower cost.
Unlike the previous learning systems which includes via zoom, television or radio, Lwanga believes “The Lesson” shall make a difference since it will make students feel like they are having a face to face interaction with the teacher.
“Our product replicates the classroom format via video where a teacher explains using a blackboard. It is not just for learning purposes during this lockdown but also for revision, especially for students and pupils during school break off who may feel not to have grasped a certain lesson or subject. We have partnered with several of the best teachers from top schools in the country to disseminate their knowledge through videos and notes,” he elaborated.
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Aside from this, he believes the learning system is very good since it is user-friendly and parents can always log into the system, and secondly, it has other languages such as Chinese and soon Luganda.
“Parents can just log in for their children to attend the lessons at a place of their convenience instead of shuttling them across towns to revise and incur costs…Our online school is also unique in that it has language lessons in Chinese and soon in Luganda,” he additionally said.
Due to the second lockdown, all schools in the country were shut down for 42-days so as to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 can be curbed. However, that barred the continuation of classes although “The Lesson” has finally got your back.