By AGNES KYOTALENGERIRE
Though information and communication technology (lCT) is an additional subject at A'level, head teachers recently said they face a lot of challenges implementing it.
This was disclosed at a two day workshop organised by the Uganda Scientific Education Programme (USEP)that ended on Saturday at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Kampala. The workshop, focusing on using lCT and participatory management to improve the teaching and learning of sciences, encouraged head teachers and their staff to embrace ICT.William Ariko, the director of studies at St. Thereza SS Okunguro in Bukedea district, said the school has only five computers and one projector to serve over 1,000 students. "We usually get challenges while drawing the timetable." The head teacher of Bishop Sisito Mazzoldi, Bro. Aurelius Ssali, said' though using computers simplifies teaching, maintaining them is expensive. "When the computers break down, repairs take long for lack of money,"Ssali said. Albino Adur, the director of studies a St. Thereza Girls SS
Alanyi, said they have about 24 computers but lack trained teachers yet the subject is compulsory. "We do not have power to operate the computers because our solar system was recently struck by lightning," he said.
Ally Ssali, the USEP lCT trainer, said although there are several setbacks in the process of designing, planning and teaching lCT, teachers have to forge a way forward. Ally Ssali urged head teachers to involve parents in the acquisition of computers. "Through meeting parents, they can raise funds and buy one computer each term."
He advised schools to have budgets for upgrading the lCT systems, buying software and repairing computers.
Charles Njala, an lCT trainer, said lCT is a vital tool in teaching. "Teachers can access online resources, for example, electronic books and school calendars from the Ministry of Education, network and discuss with other teachers elsewhere. This will bring down the cost of managing schools." Njala said.
SOURCE: New Vision-Monday October 1, 2012.