Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha [photo: Citizen tv]
Oct, 26th 2020 – Education CS George Magoha has warned schools against further reopening, as 931 more people tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.
Speaking in Nairobi, Magoha said the Cabinet is yet to approve the decision to reopen for other grades. He said, “The government has not authorized the further reopening of other schools in public, private or international schools. That decision is yet to be considered by the Cabinet and when we get to it, the nation shall be told.“
333 recoveries have however been recorded. Health cabinet Secretary, Mutahi Kagwe further announced that 6 people with underlying conditions have succumbed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 902.
Kagwe said, “Currently, there are 18 patients in the Intensive Care Unit, 49 on supplementary oxygen, while 16 are in High Dependency Unit. A total of 1,198 are admitted in various health facilities while 3,437 are on home based isolation and care.“
Due to this situation CS magoha says they are not in a hurry to reopen schools. “For now we are not in a hurry (to reopen) as you can see the COVID rates are spiking. Those classes that were not opened before must remain close until the government advises otherwise. If you do not abide then there shall be consequences.“
Schools in Kenya began to reopen for in-person teaching on October 12 with KCPE, KCSE candidates, and Grade 4 learners reporting back first. The first phase reopening was to give enough time for preparation of the national exams that are set for between April and June 2021