President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that all learning institutions to remain closed for the safety of children, which has all but dashed hopes of thousands of learners that schools will be re-opened soon.
During his long awaited speech, the President said that the safety and well-being of children must be guaranteed before schools are allowed to re-open.
Uhuru made the announcement as he closed the National Covid-19 Conference at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
“Let us not ask when schools will be reopened; let’s ask ourselves how we shall open schools and at the same time protecting our children from the danger of being infected with COVID-19,” President Kenyatta said.
Uhuru’s directive came on the day the Ministry of Education had directed teachers to report back to their schools in preparation for school re-opening.
Only last week, the Ministry of Education ordered 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.
Teachers were also directed to ensure thorough cleaning of classrooms, offices, dormitories, and all school amenities before learners resume learning.
TSC boss Nancy Macharia had also instructed teachers to develop innovative strategies designed to offer psychosocial support to learners, parents and other stakeholders.