Parents have gotten an unexpected surprise following a recent announcement by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha that the ministry is reconsidering reopening schools before January 2020 as earlier announced.
CS George Magoha on Friday said the decision to review the re-opening dates of schools is informed by the statistics from the Ministry of Health, which show that Kenya is flattening the COVID-19 curve.
Magoha said that the official date for re-opening of schools will be communicated following a scheduled stakeholders meeting, set for September 28.
“Children will resume learning as soon as possible,” Magoha said last Friday at Mawego Technical Training Institute in Karachuonyo.
“Final Year University Students Can go back to School”
Magoha also gave a go-ahead to final year students in universities who are taking courses that could require physical engagement to report back to school.
Ministry of Education officials have now requested their Health counterparts to vacate and fumigate public schools that were used as quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients ahead of the planned reopening of the institutions.
TSC/ Knut directs Teachers to Return to School
The TSC has directed teachers to return to school by Monday next week.
Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia made the announcement on Monday following a meeting among stakeholders at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to map out the reopening of learning institutions.
Knut secretary-general, Wilson Sossion on Tuesday also urged teachers to honour their employers call and report back to school as directed, saying the teachers are prepared to recover the time lost.
President Uhuru Kenyatta closed all schools in the country following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March.
A section of parents have taken to social media to express their shock at the turn of events, saying they do not have school fees.
Below are some of the views shared on social media.
Godfrey Kimega :That’s only a month from now. Parents need time to sort themselves out. There are private schools that have closed forever and parents need to find new schools. January is the best time.
Rodgers Sarara :what of privately owned schools where the owners closed and the premises were rented out by the landlords due to rent arrears where will the pupils go.
Norman Mwangah:In that case I don’t see why schools were closed in the first place….. Just to change the desks… In same classrooms! I believe Magufuli was right. Naiv Tonprince:Confused country. Economy is lower than ever. Some parents have lost jobs, the government doesn’t pay fees in “public” schools but let’s reopen them, okay.