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Schools Reopening: Government To Supply Free Masks To Students

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Education Ministry Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has ordered the government to issue free face-masks to needy students and pupils.

At the same time, he urged parents and teachers to ensure that other students have purchased theirs when school resumes from Monday, October 12.

The Education Ministry boss was speaking at the Kisumu National Polytechnic on Wednesday, October 7 during a tour to ascertain whether the institution is ready for the phased reopening.

Education CS George Magoha interacts with pupils. /FILE

He revealed the decision to reopen the school for the three classes made on Tuesday, October 6 will be used as a guideline in observing how the situation unfolds.

He disclosed that if the model works, the Ministry will conduct thorough consultations after which all classes will resume in-person learning.

During the tour, CS Magoha also revealed that the government will be disbursing the funds for free learning to schools from Thursday.

Magoha also confirmed that there is a matter on the reopening of schools pending in court, saying that everyone is free to move to court on any matter.

This is after a section of teachers and parents in Kuresoi, Nakuru County earlier on dismissed the directive by Education CS George Magoha to reopen schools.

They expressed fear saying most schools in Bararget and Kamara lack water making sanitisation a challenge and no funds have been released to the institutions.

“It’s unacceptable that the Government is hurrying at the expense of our children,” one parent said.

Some parents also intimated that they are not prepared with school fees as the COVID-19 pandemic affected their earnings.

Pupils in a classroom. /FILE

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