Government develops software for primary and secondary syllabus

Government develops software for primary and secondary syllabus
The Uganda government through the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) in partnership with  Sensal Systems Ltd has developed a software with which to upload the primary and secondary syllabus. The software is both an online and offline system where learning materials will be converged.

This “virtual Learn” technology is to be installed on a tablet and also accessible on mobile devices and android with simulations and animation, which can be manipulatedto ease understanding of the syllabus and enable learners to explore at their convenience.Additionally, the software allows schools and parents to track performance

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 A teacher of Bridge International School in Nansana  demonstrates to pupils on how to use an Ipad  PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA 

According to the NCDC specialist in-charge of lower secondary curriculum review, Mr James Asile Droti, the software will motivate the learners and meet the technological needs of the 21st century.

Over 25 secondary schools whose students are capable of buying the tablets of prices ranging from Shs300,000 to Shs650,000 have been enrolled on the programme as a trial before going to all education institutions.                                                                                                  Schools have to pay a subscription fee of between Shs5,000 and Shs10,000, for each student depending on their locality.

A pupil studying using a tablet: INTERNET PHOTO

NCDC who preferred anonymity in order to speak freely said the project has cost over  Shs1 billion and will be ready for launch in the course of the month.

“There are certain schools, which do not have an opportunity to get good learning materials. The content uploaded on this software will be harmonised. The students will have self-assessment before they proceed to another topic. It will generate a report; if a topic was difficult, it will give options of delivering that content and the feedback will improve on the teaching and learning,” NCDC source(DAILY MONITOR August 10, 2018)

Droti emphasized that although it is not compulsory at the moment to own this tablet, officials close to the NCDC planning meetings said once adopted, it will be self-explanatory for parents to facilitate their children to own one.

The government is putting up measures to ensure that each student benefits from the project and for the learners who may not be able to afford the tablet, NCDC officials said they will open pop-up classrooms for disadvantaged schools and regions using the termly subscription individual students wishing to access the programme will pay.



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