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Government suspends mass reopening of schools

The government has suspended the much-anticipated mass reopening of schools after health CS Mutahi Kagwe declined to give the green light.

This new development dictates that only grade 4, class 8 and form four students will remain in schools.

Education CS George Magoha was to give a specific school reopening date for all the other students if Kagwe had given the program the go-ahead.

Following this new development, the Kenya Association of International Schools (KAIS) has already suspended mass reopening. Speaking during an interview with The Standard, KAIS head of Secretariat Jane Mwangi acknowledged the spike in cases influenced their decision.

“The ministry has elected to postpone further reopening of other levels for in-person learning as they conduct an audit of this initial phase and iron out a decision model for reopening schools as needed,” Mwangi said.

Further adding,

“This is due to the spike and second wave of Covid-19 community transmission.”

Following this new directive, education stakeholders are worried and confused about what will happen. As the students may remain at home till mid-November or January 2021, the ministry is considering urging schools to turn to virtual learning.

Schools will not close.

On Thursday the 22nd of October 2020, health CAS Mercy Mwangangi reassured parents not to worry about the spike in cases. She further added that MoH has sent out doctors to assess the extent of infections in the affected schools.

Education CAS Zack Kinuthia also reiterated Mwangangi’s statement further ruling out mass closure of schools.

“Schools will not be closed based on the cases in Mombasa. If a school is found to be a threat, we close the school, or the student is isolated, and learning will continue,” CAS Kinuthia said.

This development comes after Kenya on Thursday the 22nd of October, recorded 1,068 new cases, the highest number since March. The cases brought the total number of infections to 47,212.

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