Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha [photo: TV47]
Nov, 19th 2020 – Education CS George Magoha has assessed the preparedness of schools in West Pokot County. He inspected the procurement of desks in a number of schools in the county.
Addressing the media, Magoha emphasized that schools will reopen on 4th January and that the country must adjust to a new normal while containing the virus. He also appreciated teachers for their commitment in ensuring all learners are back in class. Magoha then commended the locals in the County noting that a good number of them are observing the Covid-19 restriction measures.
He also said that the Government is working on introducing an insurance scheme to cover students considering the outbreak of Covid-19 in schools. He made the remarks while touring Psigiri primary and Mnagei Secondary school in the county where he introduced the enhanced civil servants’ scheme that includes teachers too.
Under the civil servants’ scheme, more than 300,000 teachers will receive full medical cover to carter for Covid-19 related medical expenses.
He also added that artisans who secured the sh1.9billion tender to supply schools with desks will be paid. He said, “The desks I have seen are of good quality. The local artisans have done a tremendous job and they should receive their payment by the end of the week.” He added that the government shall give priority to the vetted artisans and those who had delivered the furniture to schools.
He commended teachers efforts in ensuring that the Covid-19 guidelines are being adhered to. He said, “In every school, I have gone to, whether impromptu or on notice, it’s very encouraging to see teachers continuing with their work. As far as I am concerned life must continue, but we must follow Covid-19 protocols from the Ministry of Health.”
He has called on stakeholders to find a safe way to keep children in schools as they continue to learn as it would be unfair for them to stay at home.