Education CS, George Magoha has ruled out closing schools despite surging COVID cases countrywide.
Magoha revealed this while making tours of several in Mumias and Malaba on Friday.
Need for vigilance
While speaking on the need for vigilance, Magoha said that currently there were no plans to close schools. If that ever happened, he said, then they would only be based on facts.
“No one is thinking of reopening the schools and no one is thinking of closing them down, if a decision is to be made, it will be made based on facts,” Magoha said.
Magoha’s clarification comes just a day after Health CAS, Mercy Mwangangi also addressed the matter. Speaking to the press, Mercy Mwangangi said that they were keeping an eye on schools. However, there was no reason to panic, she said, as children remained mostly asymptomatic. Furthermore, she said that they were looking into ways to protect teachers and other members of staff.
Schools closed in Mombasa
The news comes at a time when Mombasa saw two schools closed due to the spread of COVID. The two schools closed after several teachers and students tested positive for the virus.
Furthermore, internationals schools have suspended learning as a precaution, with some set to resume on Monday next week.
Kenya is currently seeing a surge of new COVID cases that is now filling up hospitals. Yesterday, the country reported its highest ever cases, seeing 1,068 new cases.
Furthermore, on the school issue, Magoha said that delivery of desks was also going as planned. He was responding to a news story by Citizen that said that the delivery had delayed.
“I want to debunk reports that the desks have been delayed. This is not true, we are demanding quality. There was a story on Citizen about someone saying he has not been awarded the tender to supply desks. That is not true, he got a 30 % of the total order.” Magoha said.