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Makerere Moves to Automate Systems for e-learning

The Makerere University Council has instructed University management to give a detailed plan concerning e-learning after President Museveni postponed the reopening of institutions for finalists for one more month.

It is now over 2 months since President Museveni closed education institutions on March 20, 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The closure which initially was for 32 days was extended and it became apparent that education institutions were to remain closed for longer.

Although Museveni had promised to reopen education institutions for candidate classes and finalists on 4th June, this became impossible after he postponed it for one more month on Monday this week.

In the Makerere University Council meeting on Tuesday this week, the chairperson University Council Lorna Magara said that the COVID-19 period has exposed the need for urgent automation and digitalization of systems to ensure continuation of learning.

“These times have exposed the urgent need for the automation and digitalization of our systems. Over the last year, Council has repeatedly instructed management to begin the planning and effecting of these changes. Council has however not got any feedback on this critical matter. If the automation had been implemented as instructed, we would have been better positioned to make the transition much more effectively,” she said.

As it stands, it remains unclear how long it will take for tertiary institutions especially large ones like Makerere that draw students from across the country and world over will resume.

As a result, Magara tasked management to develop an e-learning system to ensure continuation of learning.

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“Unless we focus our energies on the automation of all our systems and develop the capacity for e-learning and/ or blended learning, we will be rendered obsolete. Management is therefore instructed to give a detailed plan of action with definite measurable targets to Council in the next meeting,” said Magara while addressing the University Council meeting on Tuesday.

ChimpReports understands that the next Council meeting will be held on June 8, 2020.

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