Victoria University Kampala has requested the Government of Uganda to think about the idea of formulating an online education law and prepare ways of how to implement it.
This is according to Bill R. Nkeeto the Dean Faculty of Business and Management and Fred Kasirye, the Dean Faculty of Humanities, in an interview with our reporter.
The two cited an example of the ongoing country lock down which led to the closure of all academic institutions for a period of one and half months. According to them, it has affected both the institutions and students since they are unable to have physical meetings to proceed with the learning process in this Lock down.
“The government should formulate a law to guide online education activities in times when learners are unable to face their teachers or lecturers, standards to legalize online studies should be set as soon as possible,” they advised.
A number of private academic institutions at different levels have tried to keep in touch with their students by equipping them with reading materials using their online platforms, while others wanted to issue online examinations for their students. This forced the Ministry of Education and Sports to stop all those who wished to issue online tests because they were creating a gap between the abled and the vulnerable students yet all of them are supposed to be on the same level.
In order to ensure equality, the Ministry of Education opted to use television and local radio stations to keep learners studying even when they are at home.
In addition the ministry also started distributing self study learning materials for Primary and Secondary School learners especially those in candidate classes.