Education restart: Uganda cabinet rejects dead year, to buy 10m radio sets

Kampala – 15, June 2020: Plans are underway for government to provide at least 10 million radio sets to every household and 137,466 solar-powered television sets to over 60,000 villages in Uganda.

According to sources, an emergency cabinet meeting took place on the eve of budget reading last week. In this meeting, government weighed-in options before re-opening schools [from primary to universities].

A report presented by the Education Ministry on virtual learning was top on the agenda and was strongly discussed.

“That meeting resolved to keep all schools shut but virtual learning must continue as government monitors the Covid-19 curve and possible infections to leaners,” a source who attended that meeting says.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon Sam Kutesa asked President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to announce “a dead year for all educational institutions” as a drastic measure to keep learners safe.


However, Kutesa’s suggestion was strongly rejected by other ministers. Finance Minister, Hon Matia Kasaija was directed by the President to look for funds in the 2020/21 budget for buying radios and TV sets for the 15 million learners.

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