Education cabinet secretary George Magoha issued a statement on Sunday the 25th of October 2020 regarding the rest of the students opening schools.
Magoha was speaking while inspecting desks and furniture at the Dr Muthiora Primary school in Dagoretti, Nairobi. The Education CS revealed that the government had poured cold water on school reopening plans.
According to Magoha, the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country had influenced the decision to let learners stay home. He further warned all education stakeholders against going against the government’s directive as there will be strict consequences.
“Those classes that were not opened before should remain closed until the government advises otherwise,” Magoha said.
“I hope that the government has made itself very clear on this one. If you do not abide, there shall be consequences.”
Magoha’s directive comes after the Kenya Association of International Schools (KAIS) also postponed school reopening.
Initially, the education ministry had planned grade 4, class 8 and form 4 students to open the school as they monitored their health. However, all did not go well as the second wave of Covid-19 hit the country.
Consequently, two schools from the coastal region had to shut down after a total of 15 teachers tested positive. Reports indicate the government may be considering advising schools to turn to online earning.
However, the government also announced there will not be mass closure of schools despite the increase in cases.
Speaking during a Covid-19 briefing, health CAS Mercy Mwangangi reassured parents that the numbers should not worry them. According to her, although there is a spike in the cases, the government is in control.
“We have a team of doctors that we have sent to the ministry of education, and after assessment, we will be able to know the measures that can be put in place to ensure that the issue is under control.”
Education CAS Zack Kinuthia also reiterated her words adding the ministry will deal with the cases as they come.