Students to Be Allowed to Access to Mobile Phones and Tablets in School

students to own mobile gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets in school as part of their eLearning tools.

Students to Be Allowed to Access to Mobile Phones and Tablets in School

Under the digital agenda which is intended to address access to information and communications technology (ICT) in schools, the government plans to allow students to own mobile gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets in school as part of their eLearning tools.

The development was confirmed by Dr. Jane Egau-Okou, the director of Higher Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the ministry, leading the technical team to develop the Digital agenda.

Egau-Okou said the digital agenda has three objectives which are addressing the ICT infrastructure, provision of equipment such as computers to schools, and connecting schools.

She made the remarks after the joint commissioning ceremony of the rehabilitation and construction works carried out at the National Teachers Colleges Kabale, Kaliro, Mubende, and Muni under the Teacher Training Education (TTE) project over the weekend.

According to Egau-Okou under the digital agenda, the ministry seeks to allow continuity of learning, even in times of pandemics.

“The coronavirus pandemic has opened our eyes. The ministry has been planning to have ICT in schools for a long time and the Pandemic has just accelerated the need. Our children are still at home and the agenda wants to tap them in such scenarios in the future.” She explained.

The Education Ministry is yet to develop guidelines to regulate the use of mobile gadgets in schools.