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Uganda Education Ministry Promotes ICT in Schools

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The Ministry of Education and Sports is promoting the use of information Communication Technology (ICT) in all schools, to enhance the quality of teaching. In a paper on the theme 'An overview of ICT in the Ministry of Education and Sports' the Assistant Commissioner for Secondary Education, Nsumba Lyazi, said that the ministry also wants to have digitised curricula and resource centres and  have access to digitised teaching and learning materials aimed at promoting the use of ICT in all schools.

The Uganda Communication Commission is giving computers to eighty schools and tenders have been advertised for the suppliers. Another step being taken by the ministry is the establishment of a $2.5m (about sh4.2b) digital library for Makerere University that is to be opened soon. Other initiatives include the cyber school technology solution aimed at improving science teaching in secondary schools, with the first phase to cover 100 schools.

The ministry is also planning to establish a computing and information science centre at Makerere University that is to house 6,000 computers and the introduction of a computer science degree at Busitema University. The ministry wants all students to be able to use ICTs as part of their education and seeks to ensure that over the next decade, all institutions will be connected to the Internet and  teachers trained to impart ICT skills to students and use them as a pedagogical tool.

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