University student leaders task government to provide laptops instead of radios to students

Student leaders from Makerere Univesity and Uganda Christian University have asked the Ministry of Education and Sports to provide students at higher institutions of learning with laptops as opposed to radios and television sets.

The remarks were made during a  meeting with the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda.

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The student leaders argue that laptops will be beneficial since they are more resourceful compared to radios and TVs that have previously been proposed by the president.

Other issues that highlighted the meeting included the provision of a stimulus package to academic institutions to support lecturers, suspension of taxes on private institutions, and reduction of tuition by institutions of higher learning given that most classes have moved online.

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Students have been away from school since March and have only resumed classes this week.

However, some have been left behind because of inadequate digital infrastructure required to follow online learning.

We shall keep you posted about further developments from this angle.

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