Uganda on Monday announced to postpone the reopening of schools by another month as it studies the impact of the easing of lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
President Yoweri Museveni in a televised address said educational institutions will not reopen on June 4 as planned earlier, because the government needs to study the situation after opening up public and private transport.
“We have decided to postpone the reopening of schools for candidate learners for another month as we prepare more and study the situation,” the president said.
He said the government does not have enough COVID-19 testing kits for over 1.4 million learners who have to be tested every two weeks.
“We better act cautiously. We don’t have enough test kits to test these children every two weeks. We have decided that we shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Let us first see the opening of transport before we can allow the learners,” he said.
The country’s educational institutions were meant to reopen on June 4 and prepare candidates at universities, tertiary institutions, secondary and primary levels for final exams slated at the end of the year.
The president said the government is studying measures to help the finalists continue learning through long distance.
Uganda currently has 457 cases of COVID-19, with 72 recoveries and zero death, according to the ministry of health. Enditem