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Dashed hopes! Ministry of Education has no Money to buy TVs, Radios for pupils

KAMPALA- Ministry of Education and sports and Government are currently stuck and have no funds to procure radio and television sets to facilitate online education in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed the Ministry to look into financing the purchase of televisions and radios to ease education especially to the benefit of rural-based learners located in remote areas of the country.

This online website has been reliably informed by a privy source at the Education and Sports ministry that there was no money allocated to the purchase of equipment to facilitate this learning in the just concluded financial year which ended on Tuesday 30th June 2020.

A source added that the procurement process remains hanging since Cabinet instructed Mr. Alex Kakooza the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports to collaborate with the Finance department on how they can fundraise Ugx 300 Billion.

The money according to the previous breakdown was to buy 10 million radios and 137, 466 solar-powered television sets respectively to ensure that each household is catered for in the entire country.

“The Ministry’s PS is currently working with the Ministry of Finance to ensure the required funds are availed.” the source revealed to this publication.

“If the money is availed, we shall purchase the required equipment to facilitate easy learning of our children during this coronavirus outbreak,” a source revealed.

Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo the State Minister for Higher Education, said the cabinet approved the plan to purchase radios but is still looking for a source of the money.

“It’s true we approved the procurement process of radios and TVs but however we still have to identify where the money is going to come from,” Hon. Muyingo noted.

Government closed down schools and institutions on 20th March 2020 as a means to reducing congestion and social gatherings as advised by the World Health Organization in a bid to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.

15 Million Learners have since been sent home and are currently fairing with different modes of keeping abreast with education in this uncertain era when the government seems unrelenting to open schools anytime soon.

Many pupils and scholars are now adapting to the new normal of taking notes from customized radio and television programmes whose lessons are sponsored by the government while others are being bankrolled by educationists and politicians. 

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