In March 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the closure of all learning institutions across the country in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The rising cases of Covid-19 led to the Ministry of Education, led by Professor George Magoha to postpone the reopening of schools on several occasions before finally settling in January 2020.
In the last one month, cases of Covid-19 in the country have been reducing (based on the daily stats issued by the Ministry of Health). The reduction in the number of new infections (whether manually or through some other unseen forces) has made Professor George Magoha change the tune.
For more than a month now, Professor Magoha has been consistent with inconsistencies as to whether schools will open on or before 2021. The good old professor has been issuing one contradicting statement after another.
His latest meeting was more interesting than the previous ones. He called for a “long meeting” and after “lengthy deliberations,” called the media to “address the nation” only to tell them that the meeting had decided to have another meeting to discuss the matter.
This consistent confusion in physically, emotionally, and financially draining for both parents and the students. Covid-19 has hit hard on the financials of most parents and to most of them, if schools are opened without proper planning, they will not have school fees to pay.
The KCPE and KCSE candidates are also at home and unsure as to whether they will be sitting their national examinations any time soon. The government says they will do their exams in early 2021 but insists that they must be back to school before the month of October.
Professor George Magoha should no that every time he issues a statement, it has far-reaching consequences than just him declaring that he is “Magoha Son of Magoha” and the “first of that name.”