Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, on Sunday, August 9, said that the government was considering setting aside Sh7 billion to bail out private schools facing closure.
Addressing the press in Kisumu County during the daily Covid-19, Professor Magoha made it clear that only schools that would pass the Ministry’s criteria would be given access to the fund.
In readiness for the crisis faced by almost 11,000 private schools currently at risk of closure, the CS told parents that public schools did have enough space to accommodate them.
He stated that pupils in private schools are welcomed to public schools adding that they have more than enough space to accommodate them.
Magoha further restated that schools would remain closed until January 2021 unless the Covid-19 situation in Kenya changed.
According to Magoha, the provision of opening schools in January was not cast in stone. Therefore, should the position change at any time, and nothing can stop the Ministry from re-looking at the timetable.
He asserted that if the health crisis is flattened, there will be no need to keep children home anymore.
However, the former Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chairman warned against pushing for the reopening of schools and called on the parents to prioritize the safety and health of their children first.
The harsh effects of the pandemic have been hitting the education sector with private learning institutions facing closure due to lack of funding.
In regard to this, he CS urged parents whose children were enrolled in private schools to negotiate and pay a proportion of the yearly fee to enable the schools to remain functional amid the pandemic.
This comes few days after Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) chairman Peter Ndoro warned that the situation could get worse, and the effects of the pandemic could also trickle down to public learning institutions.