On June 6th, 2021, President Museveni directed the closure of all schools across the country in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 whose second wave has led to a spike in covid cases and deaths.
With over 15 million students now stuck home, pay-tv company, MultiChoice Uganda has revamped learning time on Pearl Magic and Pearl Magic Prime, a slot dedicated to educating Ugandan students following the closure of schools.
The revamped learning time will run from 9 AM to 11 AM on weekdays and from 10 AM to 12 PM on weekends covering all the major subjects of the Ugandan syllabus.
“MultiChoice Uganda recognizes that our students find themselves yet again at this same crossroad this year. This is why we have decided to revive learning time on Pearl Magic and Pearl Magic Prime, to support students achieve their academic outcomes,” explained Mr. Colin Asiimwe, the Head of Marketing for MultiChoice Uganda.
Asiimwe further explained, “We know the risks that come with spending a lot of time at home and we hope through these lessons our learners will be able to stay plugged in on the learning process.”
Adding to his remarks, Ms. Joan Semanda Kizza, the PR and Communications Manager for MultiChoice Uganda said; “We are in the middle of a global pandemic which continues to impact negatively on different aspects of life. As MultiChoice Uganda, we understand that overcoming the challenges we face as a country requires a combined effort including continuous innovation by the private sector. Learning time is our contribution as a business, towards facilitating education continuity.”
Learning time was launched in May 2021 during the first lockdown. It was a timely platform at a time when students were stuck at home yet some of them were faced with the unfortunate uncertainty surrounding their final exams. For the second lockdown this year, the learning time slots will remain open until further notice, with the aim to stay on as long as need be to support Uganda’s candidates.
Learning time is available on Pearl Magic (DStv Family, DStv Access, GOtv Max, GOtv Plus, and GOtv Value) on channel 304, and on Pearl Magic Prime (DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, and DStv Compact) on channel 148.