Parents Urged to Provide Students With Smart Phones

Parents in the western district of Mbarara have been urged to provide their school going children with smart phones and other modern gadgets as a way of enhancing adaptation to Information Communication Technology (ITC) in schools.

The call was made on Monday by the Mbarara District Education officer Gabriel Ahimbisibwe at the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)’s Annual Communications and Innovations Award (ACIA) competitions for schools in the western region.

The DEO noted with concern that most schools in the country are not moving at the needed pace in regard to use of ICT.

Mbarara District Education Officer  Gabriel Ahimbisibwe defended the use of phones in schools
Mbarara District Education Officer Gabriel Ahimbisibwe defended the use of phones in schools

‘And it’s not just the teachers or schools or government, sale but parents too are to blame for this disheartening trend, this ” he said. “I know many parents who literally discourage their children from taking ICT related subjects.”

Government recently decreed that IT lessons must be conducted at A-level. But according to recent research, cheap most students are opting for Subsidiary Mathematics.

Mr Ahimbisibwe observed that in this “e-era,” Uganda would find problems trying to transform itself, if it doesn’t invest sufficiently in modern technology.

Pupils from Bushenyi Parental Care school presenting
Pupils from Bushenyi Parental Care school presenting

He thus called upon parents to play their part, first by providing their children with the basic ICT tools including smart phones and other modern gadgets.

In 2013, the Ministry of Education issued a ban on students owning mobile phones in schools.


The Ministry cited a number of issues including an “overwhelming rate of exam malpractices,” where students use phones to receive questions and answers of leaked examinations prior to sitting UNEB Examinations.

A number of schools participated in the competitions
A number of schools participated in the competitions

The Ministry also noted that young female students would not be well protected if allowed to use mobile phones and that the phone encourage the use of illegal drug abuse in schools and to promote criminal behavior in various circumstances

At the event, Andrew Otim, a senior strategy in business planning for UCC urged parents to stop scaring their children way from taking up ICT courses.


“Many of them still regard ICT as a foreign and harmful ideology, which is not the case,” he said.

At the event held at Big Fun Entertainment in Mbarara municipality, Mary Hill High School was crowned Champions to represent the western region in the ACIA competitions, at the national level.

Bushenyi Parental Care Nursery and Primary School will represent primary schools in the region.

Mr Otim said that the competitions which are now running for their 6th year will this time focus on financial banking, health, agriculture and legal fields to solve poverty and day today challenges in communities using ICT.


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