The Ministry of Education wants the Health ministry to vacate and fumigate public schools that were used as quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients ahead of planned reopening of institutions in October.
In a notice sent to Health PS Susan Mochache from Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang, flattening of the curve had informed the decision to reopen learning institutions earlier than expected.
“Arising from the above, and aware that the public schools were used both as quarantine and isolation facilities, we are requesting that these schools are vacated and fumigated by September 28, 2020 to enable the heads of schools prepare them for eventual reopening,” said PS Kipsang.
This comes a day after Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ordered teachers to return back to work on September 28.
Teachers were also directed to ensure thorough cleaning of classrooms, offices, dormitories, and all school amenities before learners resume learning.
TSC boss Nancy Macharia also instructed teachers to develop innovative strategies designed to offer psychosocial support to learners, parents and other stakeholders.
Further, teachers will be tasked with the preparation of curriculum delivery materials including timetables, schemes of work, lesson plans and related activities.
Should things go as planned, learners are expected back in the classrooms on October 19 after a 7 month break due to the novel COVID-19.