Education CS George Magoha [Photo: Citizen News]
Oct 12th 2020 – Schools are reopening today, Monday 12th of October 2020, with thousands of primary and secondary school learners returning to class after a six months break, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reopening is however partial with grade four pupils, class eight candidates and form four students reporting back.
A spot check with children in the three classes indicates that many parents, are still not confident to bring back their children in class.
Some parents decried the level of preparedness, especially in public schools.
Lack of enough water for sanitizing and masks, is a major concern mainly in rural areas
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, has however given a clean bill of health to the schools, adding that masks, will be provided to needy children.
“Where there is no running water, schools will use sanitisers,” said Magoha, while at the same time, noting the challenge of adhering to physical distancing, among the learners.
“Although physical distancing will remain a challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep any child away from school, ” he said.
Teachers have been in the schools for two weeks now, preparing for the reopening.
Most private schools, are however a notch higher in preparations, with adequate water points installed at the entry of schools, with alternatives of sanitizers.