Uhuru Changes Tune on School Reopening

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, September 28, issued directives regarding the impending reopening of schools during the COVID-19 conference hosted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The President, however, failed to issue a reopening date cast on stone on the resumption of learning despite reports pointing to a possible date that would be announced during his state address.

Uhuru noted that schools would only reopen after the Education and Health Ministry had sufficiently guaranteed the safety of learners.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with students at State House, Nairobi. /CITIZEN DIGITAL

In-person learning will be tightly supervised to adhere to the stringent Ministry of Health protocols regarding the reopening of schools.

The President also divulged that the new school calendar will be issued to learners after an Education stakeholders’ meeting that is set to be held at an unclear date.

Uhuru, however, did not rule out a possible reopening in January 2021, as he revealed that the new school calendar set to be drafted by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha could either begin in 2020 or next year.

“Learning should only reopen when we have and can sufficiently guarantee the safety of all our children.

“The resumption of in-person learning must be predicated on strict adherence to the health protocols and guidelines as issued by the Ministry of Health,” he noted.

Uhuru pleaded with Kenyans not to focus on when schools would reopen but how the schools would resume in a manner that will protect the lives and health of children.

His sentiments came as a big relief to teachers after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) earlier on Monday ordered disciplinary action for teachers who fail to report to work as per the Ministry of Education’s directive.

According to People Daily, Sub-County Directors of Education (SDEs) warned teachers of dire consequences should they fail to resume duty, in a meeting with school principals in the week that begun on Monday, September 21.

The SDEs warned the teachers that missing today’s deadline will be tantamount to absconding duty, which is punishable.

Teachers Service Commission [TSC] CEO Nancy Macharia (centre) Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha (left) leading other stakeholders in Education Sector in addressing journalists at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) ,Monday, September 21, 2020 on the plans to re-open schools. /DAILY NATION
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