Education CS George Magoha has issued new directives ahead of schools reopening in 2021. At the moment, most Educational facilities are serving as quarantine centers.
Professor Magoha announced that the government would evacuate the schools on month before reopening. This move will ensure that all schools have ample time for fumigation ahead of reopening. The safety of learners is guaranteed.
In the entire country, more than 400 schools are designated quarantine facilities. Parents of learners expressed concern about the safety of their children once schools reopen. A number of people using the schools as quarantine facilities have tested positive for Covid-19.
On Monday, Magoha announced that he had consulted President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe. Consequently, he outlined the plan to disinfect schools that the government is using as quarantine facilities.
“We have since agreed that, if in principle we are moving towards September, we shall disengage as those places,” Magoha said.
“We shall make sure that those institutions are thoroughly fumigated and tested the way we do in medical practice which means we shall dust certain areas and see whether there is anything else, so that is the least of my worries,” he added.
While addressing the public on 27th July, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the government intends to convert sport stadia and government facilities into quarantine centers.
“Any government institutions, including all sporting facilities, stadiums, education institutions and other government facilities upon designation by the Cabinet Secretary for Health as a public health facility, shall be availed to the Ministry of Health for isolation and quarantine purposes,” he said.
“If and when necessary we will make these measures even more stringent. We will do this without hesitation,” the President added.
Despite the assurance that the government will fumigate schools before reopening, some parents are still skeptical. They are questioning how institutions that had Covid-19 patients can be 100% free of Covid-19.