Up to 73% of students struggling to adjust to remote learning tools
More than 73% of students in higher institutions of learning have found the new learning methods employed during the lockdown harder than conventional studying methods.
Several institutions switched from the four-walled classrooms and adopted remote collaboration tools and learning management systems after the closure of educational institutions in March, as the government attempted to limit gatherings and reduce the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus.
During the time of the closures, Africa Policy Centre, a non-government organisation based at the Uganda Christian University in Mukono carried out a study to establish the effect of the COVID-19 driven school closures on higher institutions of learning. They reached out to 426 respondents from different institutions across the country.
They established that the majority of the learners find the remote learning tools problematic, and prefer the conventional modes of learning, while many others found the home environment very unsupportive towards their studies.
Cadreen Barungi Kabahizi, the project lead researcher says that for several learners, adjusting to the new model is a real struggle.
The study also points out that half of the students at this level failed to continue with learning during the lockdown, many as a result of costs involved. The costs were arising from the need to purchase equipment and sustain online presence during the lockdown.
According to the study, many of the learners abandoned the online engagements and opted for self-study using textbooks and other online resources. Only 16.5 per cent of the respondents were able to constantly interact with lecturers via on-line platforms.