Voi Primary School Closed Over Covid-19 Scare

Voi Primary School in Taita Taveta County has been shut down after three teachers tested positive for Covid-19.

Taita Taveta County Education Director Simon Wanjohi while confirming the reports said that 300 learners in the school have since been sent home.

According to the County Education Director, 27 other teachers have also been put on quarantine.

Wanjohi said that they could not conduct testing for all the students due to lack of enough testing kits.

He further said that the county government is liaising with the Ministry of Health on how to undertake the process.

This comes just a day after sixty people at Salvation Army Kolanya Boys High School in Busia County have tested positive for Covid-19.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, November 3, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said that 100 samples were tested at the school, out of which 60 tested positive for the deadly virus.

Of the 60 positive cases, 52 are students, six are teachers and two are support staff.

Learners in class. Photo/Courtesy

This is as even Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha maintains that schools are the safest environment for learners as the country continues to record a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The ministry will today engage the President over a plan to fully reopen schools after which a stakeholders meeting will be convened 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.

In the proposal that was presented to the President Uhuru Kenyatta, education stakeholders have advised the President to reopen schools for the second phase face-to-face learning for Grade 3, Standard 7 and Form 3 learners.

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