MP Advocates Tax Reduction on ICT Equipment to Boost Access

BY DANIEL MUMBYA: In a bid to democratize access to technology and elevate living standards, Kigulu South Constituency Member of Parliament, Militon Muwuma, has urged the government to consider reducing or eliminating taxes on Information Communication and Technology (ICT) equipment.

Muwuma’s remarks came during the launch of a robotics programming initiative in primary schools in Iganga district, held at Karibu International School in Nakalama sub-county. Stressing the pivotal role of technology in societal advancement, Muwuma underscored the necessity of making essential devices like computers, Wi-Fi hubs, and cables more financially accessible to all segments of the population.

Highlighting the potential impact of accessible technology, Muwuma emphasised that advancements in the agricultural sector, facilitated by modernised technology, could significantly improve the quality of life for citizens.

With the introduction of machines for farming, milking, and crop harvesting, this technology is poised to revolutionise agricultural practices. These innovations not only alleviate the stresses farmers face from day-to-day seasonal changes but also hold promise for enhancing productivity and sustainability in the agricultural landscape.

He urged the local government to ensure free internet access reaches every parish, simplifying the research process for learners. Such access would enable students to compare their work with projects from various countries, fostering a more globally connected learning environment.

During the event, the District Education Officer, Kasadhakawo Abbubaker, announced plans to empower and deploy additional ICT instructors to primary and secondary schools. The initiative aims to bridge the gap in computer literacy among educators, a critical barrier to implementing the new curriculum and technological systems nationwide. By providing targeted training for both students and teachers, the program seeks to enhance proficiency and ensure effective integration of technology in education.

Kasadhakawo also addressed the issue of inadequate infrastructure in government schools, citing challenges such as limited classrooms, lack of electricity, poor security, and other deficiencies. These shortcomings, prevalent in schools across Iganga district, particularly in rural areas like Kidaago, Nawandala, and Nabitende sub-counties, pose significant obstacles to the success of educational initiatives.

Meanwhile, Dr. James Batuka, the director of the robot project, emphasized the importance of collaboration with other schools to promote ICT education. He highlighted that such partnerships would not only enhance skills development for rural pupils and students but also foster a culture of innovation and technological literacy essential for the future workforce.

Batuka urged the government to supply free iPods to public schools, facilitating the seamless introduction of technology to lower-grade classrooms. This initiative, he emphasised, would significantly enhance students’ learning capacities, marking a substantial improvement compared to previous years.

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