President Museveni, in his most recent address to the nation (just moments ago) has extended the closure of schools for a longer period, citing the need to keep students safe from COVID-19.
Insisting that the population is at risk of a deadly Stage 4 of the virus, President Museveni says students are safer at home than in gathering at educational facilities and schools.
The Stage 4 that the President talks about, is the one that involves community outbreaks of positive cases in the districts of Kyotera, Busia and Amuria among others. According to health experts, if not handled well, Uganda could record so many cases that the medical apparatus may not be able to withstand.
“With the school population, let us be patient. In the meantime, we are going to launch a big long-distance education programme, certainly through radios. We are going to give free radio-sets to all the homesteads. Radios will soon be distributed.” President Museveni said in his address.
He added that on top of the radios, printed educational materials will be provided. These, he believes, will manage to keep education of students in continuity while avoiding contact.
“I was personally, in favour of the free TV sets per village for the learners. The scientists are studying this on account of avoiding crowding by the learners in the villages.” Museveni advised.