Mr Godfrey Mubiru, the school director of studies said they took the decision to allow the learners to use smartphones to facilitate the implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum
Senior one and two students at Nakasero Senior School in Kampala are now free to carry their smartphones to their classes following clearance from the management. Mr Godfrey Mubiru, the school director of studies said they took the decision to allow the learners to use smartphones to facilitate the implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum.
Mr Mubiru explained that they found it important as a school to allow the learners to use smartphones due to the demands of the new curriculum which is hands-on and more learners centred. According to him, the new curriculum requires the learners to carry out their own research and write notes. The teacher's role ends at introducing the topic and helping the learners to form groups to research and share knowledge among themselves.
He also explained that smartphones have since helped them to overcome the challenge of limited learners’ guides for the new curriculum as every student can now download the material using their smartphones for effective learning. “We've made a very perfect programme at Nakasero. We're letting students come with phones because we looked at this as the best way every student can have the learners' guide for effectiveness. They also need to make research since they are the ones to make their own notes. We are using the phones, the computer lab and the library. However, for more effectiveness, we came to realise the phones are better. That's why we're letting them in class,” he said. Currently, Uganda lacks an approved ICT policy on education, which would have set standards for the formal education sector.