Parents say the phased school reopening is abrupt

Education CS George Magoha [Photo: The Star]

October 8th 2020 – Kenyan parents say they are not prepared for the reopening of schools come next week. 

Most of them say the phased reopening that will see Grade Four learners, Class Eight and Form Four learners resume school, is abrupt.

With the effects of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, a huge number of them have lost their sources of income or witnessed a significant reduction in their income.

This comes even after the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, announced that the free primary and secondary school funds, will be released tomorrow ahead of the Monday partial reopening of schools. 

Addressing the press the CS, said  the funds will be ready for use before Monday, adding that all measures are in place, as the primary and secondary schools open in phases. He, however, pointed out that, the government will require parents to raise funds, to cater for the implementation of COVID-19 protocols.

The Education Ministry, has anticipated that most school resources, will be overstretched as institutions, move to implement the COVID-19 containment measures. 

Participants may have to come up with additional finances, staff (teaching and non-teaching staff), learning rooms, ICT infrastructure, sustainable supply of running water and sanitizers and sanitizing facilities,” said Magoha.

He further said, the government will issue face-masks to needy students but fell short on describing the parameters of need. 

As the decision to have learners back in class is continuing to be challenged, the High Court ordered the CS Magoha to convene a meeting with TSC, and other stakeholders on the issue of reopening schools.

This was after a parent, Joseph Aura, filed a case in court, against the reopening of schools, asking the CS to recall the decision to have schools reopen partially as from next week.

Justice James Makau says the matter on the case filed by Aura, will be heard on 14th October.

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