Schools set for phased reopening in November.

CS Magoha: Schools Could Reopen in November if All Measures are Met

The Ministry of Education has hinted that learning in schools could resume as early as November, on condition that institutions fully implement the covid-19 health protocols.

The phased reopening means that Form Four and Class Eight candidates will be given priority.

While decrying the unpreparedness of institutions for the resumption of learning across the country, the Ministry will from Monday, September 7 begin training principals and heads on the Ministry of Health guidelines.

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Sources in the ministry say that schools may have a phased reopening by November, allowing Form Four and Standard Eight students back to school.

On the preparedness for resumption of learning, CS George Magoha told journalists that only three technical training colleges have complied with the covid-19 guidelines in the whole country.

The three institutions are Eldoret Polytechnic, Nyeri Polytechnic and Rift Valley Institute of Technology.

He accused TVET heads for their laxity in the implementation of ministry of health protocols.

“About 50 per cent of the institutions are on a trajectory towards reopening. What has annoyed me is that this is the sixth week, yet we have to keep on saying the same things over and over. Once we are ready we will allow the students to sit their exams,” Magoha said.

Prof. Magoha further noted: “Institutions must ensure no one enters any facility without having sanitised. This is why sufficient water points have to be put up. There should be someone to ensure social distance is observed in the dining halls and if that is not possible, the table arrangement must be changed,”

Schools and Institutions are required to have enough facilities for sanitation, clean running

CS Magoha speaks on resumption of learning in schools
Education CS while on a tour of Wote Technical Training College in Makueni on Friday August 28. Image/Standard Media

water and enough storage tanks to be allowed to resume learning.

The Ministry is keen on implementing social distancing and hygiene regimes to minimize the level of infections before giving the green-light for reopening.

Education staff in Western Kenya held their training on Friday while those in the Nyanza region will hold theirs tomorrow. Other teachers are expected to be trained before end of this month.

Other requirements include reusable facemasks, thermo guns, sanitizers, assortment of disinfectants and enough soap.

Schools have also been instructed to develop protocols for picking and dropping learners below the age of nine years to prevent parents and guardians from accessing schools beyond the gates.

The Ministry has also hinted at banning school activities such as games, music festivals and other events that requires movements from one institution to another.



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