The assistant commissioner for private schools in the ministry of Education and Sports, George Mutekanga has called upon all the private and public schools to emphasise co curricular activities so that appropriate skills are imparted into the children.
“As the ministry of Education and Sports, we are first of all very proud of public schools that are able to organise co curricular activities,” he said.
He noted that combining co curricular activities with academics helps children develop different skills beyond knowledge of subjects and can help to improve teaching techniques at school.
He said every activity in school plays a significant role in the development of students and children ,and are essential part of school life that helps in enhancing learning processes.
“Co-curricular activities promote neutral teaching and learning and also support the actual teaching where we emphasise knowledge, skills, values and attitudes,” he added.
Mutekanga noted that if schools embark in encouraging their students to participate in such activities, it would promote the entertainment and tourism sectors and offer jobs to the youth, partially addressing the long time unemployment problem in Uganda.
He noted that when a child has been spotted with some knowledge and is able to participate and practice such skills is better and that’s the way to go.
“We have to look at the skills of the hands, child’s ability to dance, sing and to compose plays, drama, that’s very important,”he said.
Some schools like Kampala Parents School and Lohana Academy have embraced co-curricular activities with gusto.