Education CS Magoha: Government could reopen schools earlier

Education CS George Magoha. [Photo: Standard]

September 14th 2020 – Education Cabinet Secretary, Professor George Magoha, has confirmed that the government is indeed planning to reopen schools earlier than anticipated. This follows a significant drop in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported in the past few weeks.

The reopening would also see the candidates sit for their exams in late January 2021 or February. Considerations for the Colleges and Universities on-campus learning have also been considered.

Speaking after a stakeholders meeting, Magoha however insisted that measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of learners.

The doctors told me that the curve is flattening, but as I said in the past, social distancing in our public schools is going to be a challenge,” said Magoha. 

The CS also added that the government has started the necessary processes to ensure the safety of the learners. “We are looking to provide marks for the vulnerable and less fortunate children,” he said.

 The government has set up Sh1.9 billion shillings, for the ongoing preparations for reopening schools.

Magoha has also confirmed that Board OF Management (BOM)  teachers have been paid despite claims from other teachers that the money is yet to hit their accounts. 

The Cabinet and the government approved their payment over six weeks ago. We are also going to ensure that money for the payment of all other non-academic workers in schools is made available and forwarded to them,” said the CS.

Schools in the country were closed in March, when the first Covid-19 case was confirmed. 

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