Ugandan schools will stay closed indefinitely after government rescinded on its plans to reopen them this month.
President Museveni had earlier announced the phased reopening of schools starting with the return of primary and secondary candidates as well as finalists in tertiary institutions.
However, addressing the nation on Monday 22nd June 2020, Museveni said Ugandan scientists advised that no proper risk assessment had been done on the reopening of schools.
“I had talked about opening schools after June 4, but we have further studied this with the scientists and the eventual decision was to delay. We have 1.4 million children in these candidate classes and finalists. We don’t have enough testing kits for testing those numbers every two weeks,” Museveni said.
He added that the country has the machines necessary to carry out testing, however, there are not enough reagents that are key in the testing.
“Even if we could test all the candidates and finalists, there is the issue of day scholars. Even for the boarding school, there are workers and the teacher who move to and from school. We have, therefore, decided that we shouldn’t bite too much at a time,” Museveni said.
Museveni said Ugandans have become complacent towards the coronavirus pandemic
He said that the government is considering providing two television sets for every village in the country or radio for every family so that students continue with digital and long-distance learning. He said cabinet had agreed that long-distance learning will be the new normal for Ugandan students.
Museveni further added that public transport can resume this Thursday, June 4, provided that the vehicles carry half their normal passenger capacity exclusive of the driver and the conductor. This time, however, the reopening is not tagged on the distribution of the free government facial masks as he said during his last address last month.
He said there was a delay in the distribution of the masks due to problems with the production. He however assured that the distribution will start on June 10, starting with border districts.