As we grow into the custom of accepting the new trends of life, the tremendous change in technology is something that we cannot undermine in this day and era.
Technology has greatly influenced the pace of development of various sectors in Uganda like health, real estate, trade but most importantly the education sectors. With the growth of telecom companies in the country people have been introduced to the power of the internet which has given birth e-learning system in the country.
E-learning swept to Uganda
The e-learning system of education has become the most important and easiest mode of education for students across the world and is sweeping its way through Uganda. The Uganda National Examination Board has come up with a system designed to help students excel at their national exams at the various levels of education.The Passuneb.com site was designed by the Ministry of Education and Sports to help the students experience a whole new learning system and help them get acquainted with the national exams that are yet to sit for before getting to their next level of education. This program caters for students that are in both the private and public schools.
At the lower level of education the e-learning system of education is mostly used by students who attend international schools and some high schools like Gayaza High School a single sex school that recently won $15,000 for having one of the most innovative worldwide ideas during the 2017 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona.
E-learning is one of the relatively new applications which use the new internet and mobile phone based technologies to improve the access to some basic needs or skills, such as medical education, app based language learning or cheap online money transfers.
Higher Education system
However the e-learning mode has also greatly taken its toll at the Higher System of education. Universities like the Virtual University of Uganda that provides a learning experience that is totally different from the other study institutions. The University delivers a creative and challenging online education mode of study and has registered a number of students with first class degrees through this system. Other universities like Uganda Christian University, Kyambogo University, Cavendish University, Victoria University, Uganda Technology and Management University have also picked up on the trend.
In 2005 the Ministry of Education and Sports deployed computerized science and mathematics software along with virtual laboratory software. After being able to reach out to 250 schools the ministry then joined hands with the Uganda Communications Commission and has now successfully been installed in over 750 high schools throughout the country.
E-learning software in schools
As a step towards promoting e-learning in Uganda the software that was installed in schools was fully aligned with in the national curriculum using local examples and local voice over which has made it easier for teachers to understand and easily be understood by the students. In order to make the vision of e-learning a reality, the Ministry of Education and Sports has worked closely with the teachers through sensitization and various trainings. This has also been applied to some of the bright students in school which also involves training and establishment of software clubs in school.
The government has also devoured to establish a monitoring and evaluation system as well as track inputs for e- leaning in schools across the country. In 2012, the Uganda Communications Commission joined hands with the Ministry of Education and Sports in a mandate to provide computers to all the high schools in Uganda as well as support the development of high schools something that has greatly contributed to the growth of e-learning in Uganda.
There is a rising amount of local and regional companies which provide products and materials for online courses and exam preparations, the classical fields of m-learning. This table of African e-learning providers illustrates a list of edtech startups in several countries.
Jens Ischebeck, African edtech specialist: Website publisher www.apps-for-learning.com.
The website presents and compares e-learning and mobile learning providers with a special focus on the African market. Tags are e-learning, m-learning, online courses (MOOC), medical exam preparations (MCAT & USMLE).