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Headtechers caution the government against early opening of schools

Headteachers have come out to caution the government against early opening of schools after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The headteachers want the government to conduct a proper assessment of risks and ensure the schools are safe before allowing learners back.

The Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (Kepsha) chairperson Nicholas Gathemia, through a presentation to the COVID-19 Education Response Committee, says that coronavirus cases are increasing steadily in the country, and it is still not yet time to think about opening schools.

The COVID-19 Education Response Committee, chaired by Dr. Sara Ruto, was formed by Education CS Prof George Magoha to collect views and assess possibilities of school re-opening.

Kepsha says that majority of classrooms in the country are usually congested, and it will not be possible for learners to observe social distance rules.

Kepsha however, says that for the schools to re-open, the government should put in place adequate measures to protect both teachers and learners.

According to the Kepsha chairperson, all classes should be fumigated, and schools fenced to prevent unauthorized access and give learners one entry point for easy monitoring.

The schools should provide enough water, soap and sanitizers and at least two security guards to ensure orderliness at the entrance.

The education response team was tasked to collect views and advise the Education CS on ways of re-opening the schools and mitigating the effects of the pandemic on the education sector.

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