Magoha: Schools Unlikely To Reopen In September

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If Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha’s hints are anything to go by, schools across the country may be unlikely to resume by September.

He explained that the projections by the Ministry of Health on coronavirus infections are likely to scrap plans for possible reopening of schools in September.

He was speaking on Wednesday morning July 1 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, after a meeting with Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Universities Academic Staff Union and other stakeholders.

He confirmed that his ministry is in continuous talks with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders on the suitable reopening time.

Prof. Mogoha said a myriad of factors were being considered to determining the reopening of learning institutions considering the rising positive cases of COVID-19 being recorded by the country.

The CS disclosed that the stakeholders in Education had narrowed down options on reopening of schools for consideration by the President.

He said their recommendations will be made known through the president’s much anticipated address to the nation on Kenya’s COVID-19 status come Monday July 6.

The Ministry of Education has been directed to announce the new school calendar by mid August to pave way for the return of education from 1st September.

The Ministry jointly with the Ministry of Health was also expected to issue and publicize guidelines on a gradual and progressive return to normalcy in the education sector by the third term.

Earlier, the CS had acknowledged that social distancing in schools will be a major challenge ahead of the planned September reopening.
Magoha said the existing infrastructure in schools will not support such a recommendation given the learner population.

In March, the government closed all schools in a bid to avert the unrestrained spread of COVID-19.
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