Ismael Mulindwa, the director Basic Education who also doubles a member of the Education Response Committee on the National COVID-19 Task-Force, notes that they had earlier on thought of using data from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) but have since realised that it might not depict the true picture on the ground.
“You may find out that some learners are currently not in the places where the available data places them,” said Mulindwa. Adding that, “We are left with no option other than distributing using the figures that we have and adjust as we move on.”
He explained that the ministry intends to distribute the materials depending on the number of children between the ages of 6 and 18 in each district and sub-county as captured by UBOS.
Available statistics indicate that more than 15 million learners are affected by lockdown. The program targets at least 10.7 million children in primary, 2 million in pre-primary and 2 million students in secondary schools.
Mulindwa says they have called upon administrative structures at the sub-county, parish, and village levels to locate learners and establish their classes so that the relevant materials are delivered to their respective homes. According to the plan, the ministry will hand over the materials to resident district commissioners (RDCs) who will, in turn, distribute it to sub-county chiefs.
The sub-county chiefs will then hand over the material to parish chiefs who will then pass it to LC I chairpersons to pass it over to learners in their homes. Alex Kakooza, the Education ministry permanent secretary said they will soon start distributing the materials nationwide and that they had contracted Vision Group to print and distribute the materials.
“We just hope that every learner across the country will get the materials,” said Kakooza. He, however, couldn’t tell how much material is going to be printed, saying that ‘it will be upon Vision Group to print as much as needed’. However, some people have criticised Vision Group for commercialising the materials intended to benefit all Ugandans.