Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has ruled out any possibility of postponing the reopening of schools set for January 4, 2021. With public schools preempting influx of learners from private schools in large numbers, which could make classrooms and other facilities inadequate, the CS urged schools to consider using tree shades as makeshift classrooms under friendly weather.
Speaking at Mjini Primary School in Murang’a during his inspection tour, Magoha told teachers and other education stakeholders to be creative to ensure that learners resume their studies regardless of the prevailing circumstances.
“Nothing will stop the reopening of schools come Monday next week. The government has to ensure that all the learners in 34,000 primary schools will resume learning,” he said.
He then proceeded, “We are assessing the preparedness of the schools. As the government we cannot continue holding the children at home as this will be a waste of time.”
He cautioned parents against listening to individuals calling for the postponement of reopening schools citing lack of proper preparedness. Recently, a section of school heads fronted the idea of pushing the scheduled reopening date forward as they decried lack of classrooms and other necessities occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prof Magoha who had earlier persuaded parents to stock face masks for their children chipped in with a relieving announcement that the government will buy the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the needy children in the slums.
“There will be free masks distributed to needy children. The ministry will ensure that learners from the slums of Kibera in Nairobi, Kiawara in Nyeri and Kiandutu in Thika are among those that will benefit,” he told the media.
At the steering wheel of the next week scheduled reopening are 340,000 teachers who are expected to salvage the situation by covering all the lost times by 10 million learners in the 11 weeks ahead. According to the Standard Digital, a report by Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has revealed that 50,000 teachers will be needed in public schools to meet the demand imposed by the large number of learners.