Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said radios will be distributed for free to aid learning at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are going to launch a big long-distance education program, certainly through radios. 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, which may be a source of spreading the disease,” said Museveni in a televised address. “They said the radio-set was better because it was per household.

It is individual homestead based,” he added. Museveni said the printed educational materials will also be provided to help learners study at home.

On June 1, Museveni announced postponing school opening by one more month due to the coronavirus outbreak. Schools and education institutions were meant to open on June 4 for candidate classes.

President Museveni added that some COVID-19 lockdown measures would remain in place in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading in the community.

In the televised address, Museveni said that the country was now entering a dangerous stage where more community cases were being registered.

He said lockdown measures announced in March such as the closure of schools, worship centers, salons, night clubs, bars and shopping arcades would remain in place.

The night curfew would also be in force until scientists advise otherwise.Uganda has so far registered 774 cases with no deaths.

Uganda has 774 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 631 recoveries and no death, according to the ministry of health.


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