Talk 5: Primary School Leaving Exam Candidates Return

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Talk Show Held On 17th/ 10/2020 On Busoga One 90.6Fm

Moderator: Nakiirya Breanda Doreen

Panelist 1: Wanjara Gracious Headteacher (Mayuge District)

Panelist 2: Afuna Vincent Friday Parent (Bugiiri District)

Panelist 3: Nangobi Christine Teacher (Iganga District)

MODERATOR: 

Our dear listeners, you are really welcome together with our visitors in the studios. My name is Nakiirya Brenda Doreen I work with community concerns Uganda in Wairaka. Just as you have heard in the advert we work hand in hand with Elevate the partners for education, I would like to thank Elevate for facilitating this talk show to see it a success.

I have not moved alone but along with me, I have moved with my colleagues and they are going to introduce themselves to you, of their names and where they are coming from. 

Panellist 1: Our dear listeners, my name is Wanjara Gracious the head teacher of Bwonda Primary school in Mayuge District.

Panellist 2: Our dear listeners, my name is Afuna Vincent Friday from Buluguyi.  

Panellist 3: Our dear listeners, my name is Nangobi Christine a teacher from Nakalama primary school

Moderator: Our dear listeners, those are their names as you have heard, last month of September, we were conducting our program at 3:00pm. The last time we were here, we were discussing about child labour. We talked about a number of things and we were able to find out the good and bad of child labour but the disadvantages were overriding the good.

We are happy that we are back to present this program, and we are going to be holding it every Saturday from 12pm to 1pm.

Today we are going to continue looking at how the children are benefiting from learning during the lockdown and the fact that the candidates have reported back to school have they been able to benefit from the learning materials the government sent for them. And will the children be able to stay in schools. So we are going to share and will even invite calls for you to share with us when it’s time.

Head teacher: Thank you madam, just as you have said that the children have reported back to school. Yes, it’s true the children have reported and they are there. And the learning materials the government sent have been useful to them that have been kept busy while at home and even some listened to the radios even as per now, lessons are still going on.

Moderator: 

As said by the head teacher, we also carried out research and found out that some had learning materials, some listened to radios and a few watched televisions because the televisions are very few in villages.

Parent: 

As a parent, I see the government program was good according to its plan, but a few have not benefited because the learning materials were few and photocopying was expensive especially for parents with many children. For parents who had radios, their children were able to listen to the radios.

Moderator: 

Meaning there are some children who benefited and those that were left out due the different limitations.

Teacher:

 Thank you moderator. The learning materials that were sent were very important that the children’s movements were limited and they could sit and concentrate on doing that work. And as teachers it was helpful in syllabus coverage and this helped to simplify our work.

Head teacher:

Even though the teacher says that it helped on syllabus coverage, the percentage that was able to access the materials was very little compared to those that received it. This is evident in our village that very few received this work. This reminds the teachers that should begin from where they ended not thinking the children had covered much of the work.

Moderator:

Mr. headmaster, you the teachers are going to begin from where they ended in march and shouldn’t assume that children have been learning?

Head teacher:

Exactly. Depending on the rural setting.

Moderator: 

This does not only apply in your area because when we carried out research in various places like Mayuge, Luuka, Kaliro and many others, it was reported that the learning materials were very few. So how are we going to handle that.

Head teacher:

For children who are going to come back to school, there is a very big role for teachers to play to remind them of their stay in schools for a better future since most of them had forgotten and lost hope about learning. And for children who are still at home, we remind you parents to send them back school.

Moderator: 

Our dear parent hope you are listening.

Parent:

Yes, madam moderator am listening. But as parents we have been under looking our teachers claiming that they don’t have any role that they play. However, we have learnt of the big role they are playing for our children especially within this period when the children have stayed at home for over seven months. The fact that the government gave out learning materials, a few parents were able guide their children as required.

Moderator:

There were those parents who were ready to play their role as required. How will those help other children?

Teacher:

Thank you madam moderator, as teachers, we are first going to teacher those children together, examine them and find out their capabilities. Here, we will find out who can do what and who can’t do what.  We will separate them and teach them according to their pace of learning.

Moderator:

So those who pick slowly will be able to learn what the first learners can do.

Teacher:

Yes.

Head teacher:

I want to agree that this is going to work for us since there is need for separating classes. But for cases with schools having very few classes, I would advise you to have remedial classes. There is also what we call child to child learning. For those who had learnt something will be teaching the rest. 

Parent: 

To add on that, we request those that are listening to put into practise what is being passed on. We urge those that have not yet sent the children to school to send them and also encourage the teachers to put in much effort since most of the children had diverted their minds away from learning to other things like business.

Moderator:

As parents, you also have a big role to play to always encourage the children. But during our research, we asked the teachers of what you expect when schools open. Some teachers told us that some children might not come back to school, some might report but fail to stay, and some might have gotten pregnant. What do you say about that?

Head teacher: 

Madam Moderator, this pushes us to enforcing the disciplinary departments in schools that the children are coming back with different disciplines and require proper handling. 

Moderator:

Madam Christine it seems you have something to add on.

Teacher:

To add on that, we request that the teachers should handle these children with care. The fact that they are awakening their morale for education, they require to talk to them and not harass them. Let’s bring up some clubs like debating, music and sports and games to keep them having fun at school. Not all children go to school to learn but some go because of the fun at school.

Parents:

We should continue playing or role as parents so that we do not over burden the teachers who are teaching them.

Moderator:

I would like to appreciate our dear funders of Elevate the partners for education. Our dear listeners, we are going for a short break but after we will be able to receive your calls and listen to your views. You can call on numbers: MTN 0776999906 and Airtel: 0757906906. You can also post your views on Elevate Facebook account and twitter.

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Caller 1:

I’m Nsadhu peter from Mitayi. We have realised that the teachers play a very big role for our children. Many were impregnated during this short period. I would request the teachers that since the schools has reopened, do not harass our children, encourage them to always learn. The government should pay you appropriately.

Caller 2:

This is Ivan from Kangulumira.

Moderator:

The previous parent has talked about many things, what do you say about it.

Head teacher:

The fact that the many children have lost morale in learning, we will bring about things that motivate them to learn like quiz since it does not require gathering.

 

Caller 3:

This Mukisa. The program which were conducted on radios were there but the village children could not undertake them. The fact that the policy makers do not favour local people. The village children did not benefit much from those programs. I therefore request the teachers to begin from where they had ended.

Moderator:

Thank you sir. Add on that madam Christine.

Teacher:

Teaching is our biggest role and we promise we will teach the children afresh

Caller 4:

 This Wakabi Ayub from Kaliro

Caller 5:

This Muzige from Kigandalo. The learning materials here in our locality were not given to everyone. Which classes were given those materials.

Moderator:

Head teacher, respond to that question.

Head teacher:

The learning materials were made for classes from p.1 to s.6. What I want to agree with the caller is that those materials were not enough to reach every home. You could find that a few that had access to them retained them for their children or known families.

Caller 6:

I’m Wakaze Ayub from Kaliro. Many parents forget that learning involves three people like the parent, the child and the teacher. A parent has to be influential in the child’s learning. And for parents who used to under rate teachers, it’s time for them to tell the children that teachers are very useful and crucial in their lives.

Moderator:

Head teacher, comment about that.

I would like to tell Mr. Ayub that not all parents are disrespectful, those that know the use of a teacher are there that why I encourage them to continue doing that and tell their children of the role of education.

Caller7:

I’m from Kakoge Bukyangwa.

Caller 8:

I’m Kawanguzi from Busede. I request the teachers to send our request to the government that we do not have money for the registration fees.

Caller 9:

I’m a Menya and am a teacher by profession. My question goes to the head teacher. I hear of automatic promotion what is all about that. You are promising us that we will resume from where we ended but how about automatic promotion.

Head teacher:

Mr. Menya I would like to thank you for sparing that airtime. When we talk about automatic promotion, am sure you are aware of what they are meaning. When a child sits for exams and fails, it does not necessarily mean that he/ she has not been learning anything the case is that you might have set what he/ she did not master. But the whole yeah assessment shows that she is capable of doing some other things.

Moderator:

Some other parent talked about the lack of registration. Let’s advise him.

Head teacher.

I’m not sure whether these children are in government schools or private schools but the fact is that government schools do not require to pay much fees. Therefore, go and approach those teachers such that the children are able to complete their end of course exams.

Moderator:

I request our dear visitors to give us their last remarks because we are coming to an end.

Head teacher:

Madam Moderator I would like my remarks to go to the listeners that the parents are the starting point of our children’s learning. I therefore encourage the parents to send the children back to school especially the p.7 candidates. Schools are safe especially those that were used as isolation centres like Bwonda primary school, they were sanitised and are now safe.

Moderator:

Send greetings to two people.

Head teacher:

I would like to send greetings to Mr. Tito and family- my lovely dad and my mother that thank you for moulding me into what Iam today.

Moderator:

Mr. Afuna

 

Parent:

Thank you madam moderator. For I want to emphasise my fellow parents to continue educating their children because it is key for their future. Let’s remove the children from the businesses they have been doing and return them to schools. Let’s sacrifice and buy requirements for the children. I also call upon the parents to collaborate with the teachers to see that the children learn.

Moderator:

Greet one person.

Parent: 

I greet my wife Jessica Elumbi.

Moderator:

Madam Christine.

Teacher:

I encourage my fellow teachers that let’s do our work because we love it. We also call upon our parents to follow up their children at school for better results.

Moderator:

Greet one person.

Teacher:

I greet my lovely daughter Naikazi Aminah that I love you so much.

Moderator:

Our dear listeners we thank you for listening and encourage you to always tune in every Saturday and listen to this program from one to two. If you have questions about this program, call on 0782933243. Stay safe during this COVID 19 pandemic.

Thank you.