A section of parents across the country have vowed not to send their children to school on Monday stating that Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha ambushed them with the new reopening date.
While expressing their anger with CS Magoha, the parents claimed that the October 12 reopening was unrealistic adding that they need more time.
According to some parents who talked to the media, they don’t have school fees as the COVID-19 pandemic affected their earnings.
The parents also said that CS Magoha’s one week is not enough to prepare their children to resume to go back to school.
They also expressed their fears that some schools are not prepared to reopen saying that they lack water hence making sanitization in the institutions a challenge.
Some argued that some schools are not adequately prepared to ensure the safety of Grade 4 and Standard 8 pupils and Form 4 students.
The parents said that the government should not be in a hurry to reopen schools suggesting an alternative reopening date in January citing their inability to raise school fees at this time.
“It’s unacceptable that the Government is hurrying at the expense of our children,” one parent said.
“Less than one week to prepare the children is not enough,” another parent noted.
The parents also fear that they will putting their children at risk because some students will be travelling from COVID-19 hotspots back to schools and will interact with their colleagues.
Yesterday Magoha announced that his ministry had settled on Monday, October 12, as the opening dates for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four students in order to give them enough time to prepare for the national exams.
The CS also announced that KCSE and KCPE students would commence their exams in March 2021.
“Education CS George Magoha has announced the reopening of schools for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four learners on Monday, October 12, 2020.
“KCPE examinations to start on March 22, 2021 and end on March 24, 2021,” he said in a statement.
KCSE exams are also scheduled to start on March 25, 2021 and end on April 16, 2021.
Magoha also directed that wearing of facemasks would be mandatory. He directed learning institutions to carry out temperature checks.