Covid-19 is threatening to paralyse learning at the coastal city of Mombasa after two schools were shut yesterday when teachers tested positive for the disease.
The media yesterday reported that four teachers from Star of the Sea Girls High School and 11 others from Tononoka Secondary School tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the immediate closure of the learning institutions.
The reports further revealed that another teacher from a boarding school in Mombasa County had also been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Coast General Hospital after contracting the virus.
County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo confirmed the incident and said the results were from samples collected during the mass testing drive over the weekend.
“More samples from students and teachers at Star of the Sea Girls have been taken for testing. We’re waiting for the results,” he said.
Learners have reportedly fallen sick after interacting with their teachers. However, Mr Kitiyo said the situation was under control. He said the parents had been informed about the closure even as he raised an alarm that they would need more beds for the patients. He further revealed that the schools would remain shut to allow the fumigation exercise for the next couple of weeks.
“We have lately been witnessing an increase in new infections meaning we will need more beds and other equipment to take care of the patients,” he said.
Mombasa County was at the forefront for its relentless fight against the virus, and was referenced as having the best model. Nonetheless, Governor Hassan Joho revealed that the region may have to prepare for a possible second wave of infections after the recent surge.
Learners of Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four are back in school and are now undertaking their assessment tests. The Grade 4 and Class 8 learners however had to wait after their assessment was pushed from Monday to Wednesday. The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) said the decision was made to pave way for the Mashujaa Day fete.