As the Ministry of Education, under Professor George Magoha continues to gamble as to whether to have schools open or not, it has emerged that Rivertex East Africa will be making 26,000,000 facemasks for the Ministry of Education.
According to Professor George Magoha, the 26,000,000 facemasks will be made ahead of the reopening of schools and will be distributed to all primary and secondary schools. Rivertex will make the facemasks at 35 shillings per piece.
“We will prioritize the most vulnerable children. The ministry will ensure every school has running water and hand sanitizer,” Prof Magoha said during the ground-breaking ceremony of Eliud Kipchoge library at Kapsisiywa Secondary School, Nandi County. The library is sponsored by the government following a promise made by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the 1.9 billion shilling school furniture project that will see local capenters supply 650,000 desks for public schools to facilitate social distancing during class time.
The Ministry of Education said some 622,357 lockers and chairs would be supplied to 5,136 public primary schools and 5,254 secondary schools before they reopen.
Earlier this week, CS George Magoha said that a mega stakeholder meeting on schools’ reopening is slated on or before 25th September and will interrogate proposals from the smaller stakeholders before a decision is made.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to issue new guidelines by the end of this month as part of reopening the economy that has slowed down since March when the first Covid-19 case was recorded.
January had been set for the reopening date, provided the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic has passed. The Kenya Private Schools Association also wants the KCPE and KCSE exams to be conducted by December.
What will President Uhuru Kenyatta say at the end of the month? Is he going to open up the economy and declare Kenya Covid-19-free?