January it is: President Uhuru announces resumption of basic learning

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday announced that all the remaining basic learning classes will reopen in January 2021 as part of full resumption of education activities.

While addressing the nation from State House in Nairobi, after chairing a Covid-19 summit, Uhuru revised various health protocols to contain the virus infection surge that has entered second wave.

Contrary to other sectors that had their measures tightened, the government chose to let Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four continue with the studies.

“With respect to the examination classes that have already resumed learning, I hereby order that they continue with their learning and examination preparations under heightened health safety measures; with all other basic learning classes resuming in-person learning in January 2021,” he said.

The President called on the Members of Parliament to help the government facilitate preparedness for the reopening of schools by helping in providing face masks, sanitisers and other equipment for hygiene.

“I urge Members of Parliament to engage their respective NG-CDF Boards with a view of finding ways to augment the existing interventions that are geared towards reopening.  I urge them to make investments that focus on additional handwashing points, face masks, general sanitation and physical distancing of students and teachers,” Uhuru said.

Cases in schools

The decision came at a time that the sector is becoming hard-hit by the second wave. Not only have schools been closed at the Coast after teachers tested positive for the disease, but the pandemic has also stretched to other schools in Western Kenya and Nyanza causing fear in schools.

Last week, the schools lamented that learners were dropping their guard in observing the Covid-19 protocols meant to safeguard them during their stay in schools. The school heads were advised to ensure that students follow the provided rules and regulations.

Despite the surge in the Covid-19 numbers in the country, the Ministry of Education has maintained that learners are safer in schools than at home.

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