Majority of Ugandan Teachers are Computer Illiterate- Survey

2768 Views Mbale, Eastern Region, Uganda
Surveys conducted by ICT experts from Kaymbogo University have found out that majority of the teachers in eastern Uganda lack the basic computer skills, needed in a modern teaching environment. Preliminary findings show that only 10 out of the 150 teachers that were tested at Mbale Senior secondary school could start and use a computer. Several teachers that participated in the pilot study preferred using their hands to write assignments to using the computer. This state of affairs has been blamed on lack of computer laboratories, electricity, telecommunication facilities, and Internet facilities. But the researchers are equally worried that the lack of computer literacy among teachers could stall efforts intended to promote E-learning through ICTs. Under the E-learning projects, the teachers are seen as both content producers, and teachers. Kyambogo University has embarked on a grand scheme intended to upgrade the learning of mathematics and science by incorporating ICTs through open distance and E - learning program. Under the Millennium Science initiative program, Kyambogo University will be implementing one of the projects being managed and administered by the Uganda National Council for science and Technology. Dr. Sam Kinyera Obwoya, the principal investigator, said the project is intended to demystify the teaching of Mathematics and sciences through ICTs. The project, upgrading the training of Mathematics and sciences teachers by incorporating ICTs through open distance and E-learning in Uganda is being funded by World Bank and it's expected to rolled down to the entire country in a period of four years. Dr Jude Lubega, deputy dean, Graduate studies and research office, Kyambogo University, says the introduction of ICTs will be essential in training the needed critical mass of mathematics and science teachers through open distance and e-learning programme in Uganda. This he says will also improve the quality of the teaching of undergraduate programme for mathematics and science teachers. He said the programme targets both private and government secondary schools to demonstrate competences in the use of ICTs as a teaching resource, in technology - supported learning environments.

 

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