Mohammed Khamis, Tononoka Secondary School Principal who was part of the group of 15 teachers who contracted Covid-19 last week has succumbed to the virus.
Mr Khamis deputy Benjamin Nzaro confirmed the saddening news to the media on Monday after his boss had succumbed to the disease at the Coast General Hospital. The principal was admitted to the Intensive care Unit (ICU) after he contracted the virus.
The teacher was buried at 3pm in accordance with burial rites of the Muslims. A message of condolence to the family of the late tutor did rounds on social media to the shock of many Kenyans.
It read, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Mohammed Khamis principal Tononoka secondary, after a short illness. The body will be laid to rest today at 3 pm at Kikowani Cemetery. May his soul RIP. Inshallah.”
Last week, the government was forced to order for the closure of the school after some teachers tested positive for the disease. Star of the Sea Girls High School was also closed under similar circumstances.
Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo while confirming the incident told the media that the schools were to be closed for two weeks to allow for fumigation.
Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha said the there is still uncertainty over the reopening of schools for other grades. Prof Magoha said decision is yet to be made `following the recent surge in cases.
“The government has not authorised the further reopening of other schools in public, private or international schools. The decision is yet to be considered by the Cabinet and when we get to it, the nation shall be told,” Magoha said.
Already, union of international schools had voiced its concerns as it opted to play the waiting game with the reopening for for studies.