School reopening set for October 19

Gov’t to Reopen Schools For 3 More Classes in 3 Weeks

Learners in Grade 3, Standard 7 and Form 3 could return back to school in three weeks as government seeks to implement phased reopening.

According to the Star, education stakeholders have arrived at an agreement that will see schools reopen for the second phase face-to-face learning for the three classes beginning this month.

In the proposal to be presented to the President Uhuru Kenyatta today, the stakeholders have also recommended that learners in Grade 1-2, Standard 5-6, and Form 1-2 and pre-primary to remain at home as government monitor the other classes in school.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha while assessing learning and delivery of desks to schools at Mukuru Primary School in Mukuru Kayaba, Nairobi County on Monday, November 2, hinted that schools may soon reopen for the other classes starting that children are safer in schools than they’re at home.

Learners back in classes. Photo/Courtesy

Magoha also stated that the ministry will today engage the President over a plan to fully reopen schools after which he will convene a stakeholders meeting to come up with a plan for the next phase of school reopening.

“There are consultations at every level of government and as you are aware, President Uhuru Kenyatta will engage Governors and other stakeholders on November 4. We shall then decide when to call our own internal stakeholders so that we make a decision for children who are at home.”

“It shall be a very well-informed decision that may have consequences but then everybody will be responsible for those consequences,” said Magoha.

This comes even as Covid-19 continues to invade learning institutions with schools now reporting spike in the positive cases.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past virtual meeting of the national and county governments coordinating summit. Photo/Courtesy

On Tuesday, November 3, sixty people at Salvation Army Kolanya Boys High School in Busia County have tested positive for Covid-19 of which 52 were students, six are teachers and two are support staff.

Last week, ten students of Maranda High School tested positive for Covid-19.

At least three secondary schools in Mombasa County were closed in October 21 just days after re-opening after several teachers tested positive for the deadly virus.

They were; Star of the Sea Girls’ Secondary School, Mama Ngina Girls’ High School and Tononoka Boys’ Secondary School.

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