Migori County Education Officer Elizabeth Otieno has refuted claims that Oyugi Ogango Girls Secondary School principal Martha Ouma succumbed to COVID-19.
The late Martha Ouma died on Tuesday, November 17 morning while undergoing treatment at Nightingale Hospital in Kisumu. Soon after her death, reports were rife that she had succumbed to COVID-19.
According to the county education officer, the principal has been unwell for a long time now and that they are waiting for results from the Ministry of Health to ascertain the real cause of her death.
A video that has been doing rounds on social media shows emotional students of Oyugi Ogango school after receiving the sad news of the death of their principal.
Situation worsening in schools
The cases of Coronavirus in schools continue to rise ever since the county re-opened learning institutions for candidate classes, with a section of Kenyans faulting government’s decision.
In October, Star of the Sea Secondary School and Tononoka High School in Mombasa County were closed following cases of COVID-19 in the schools.
Results of some teachers and students in these schools turned positive, forcing the managements to shut them down.
Even with the lasted developments, the Ministry of Health has annouced that schools will fully reopen for all learners on January 4, 2021.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has insisted that there are no plans to close schools over the surging cases of COVID-19 infections in schools.