Uganda Pentecostal university in Fort portal Tourism city is struggling to contain the effects of COVID 19 following the introduction of e-learning technology to continue students’ studies.
Uganda Pentecostal university Mucwa campus is Located 1km from Fort portal city in Maguru central Division of the city.
COVID 19 especially the ban on physical classes resulted into a drop in students’ numbers by close to 50percent of the entire student’s population according to the university administration.
This prompted the university to quickly introduce e-learning system to facilitate students’ education
Watch video of the system administrator about e-learning.
Alituha Patrick Journalism student and Muhumuza Adonio Law student were among those who struggled with COVID 19 effects to continue their studies while others dropped out completely.
Below is the audio of students on e-learning
To students the e-learning technology favored only the advantaged who had accessories to access the service.
Watch a video of Student.
Below is the audio of another student on e-learning
According to Brian Ssemwogerere the systems administrator at Uganda Pentecostal university using the new system became a challenge due to limited computer skills by students and this increased the work load of lecturers.
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The university also suffered extra cost to introduce internet portal and facilitate lecturers’ extra hours to conduct eLearning lessons.
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However, all hope not lost the strange system later became familiar to other far students and lecturers who still use it today.
Over 200 students currently are on e-learning program.
Below is lecturer comment on e-learning continuity.
Kavuma Fred head of Faculty of Journalism at Uganda Pentecostal university says the e-learning system should however be backed by physical interaction especially for practical classes to add on students’ knowledge.
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Uganda Pentecostal university is in contact with the National council for higher education to introduce distant learning to back up online studies as the dean of student explains.
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According to a 2020 study conducted by Africa policy Centre in Uganda of the 92 percent students who continued studying in COVID 19 only 16percent had access to online learning successfully.