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Was reopening of schools a rushed decision?

  • Grade 4, Class 8, and Form 4 learners resumed school on Monday, October 13 after a break of more than 6 months.
  • Many schools across the country do not have laid structures to handle student population amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Health CS George Magoha admitted that achieving social distance in public schools may be a tall order.

It is barely a week since Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha announced the phased reopening of schools across the country.

Addressing the nation on 6th October, CS Magoha announced the reopening of Grade 4, Class 8, and Form Four learners, assuring parents that no child will be sent home for school fees in both private and public schools.

But with the latest developments especially in the rate of infections, questions continue to linger on Kenyans’ minds whether, after all, the decision to reopen face-to-face learning was made in a haste.

It’s barely three days since the schools reopened across the country, but COVID-19 new cases seem to have risen above the 5% positivity rate recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), a move that is already worrying the nation.

Recently, a video of students being fumigated with sprays before they access their classes was doing rounds online. This fumigation exercise has been highly criticized by Kenyans questioning whether the CS Magoha-led ministry in conjunction with CS Mutahi Kagwe’s Health has proper laid down structures to enable a conducive, safer environment in schools for both students and teachers.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman recently expressed concern of a second wave of the pandemic after the country recorded high number of positive cases. In fact, Dr. Aman hinted at possible closure of schools again if this worrying trend continues.

“We will have to take action to restrict movement or close schools if numbers will increase. We will monitor what is happening in our schools and take action based on what will be fit at that time,” said Dr. Aman.






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