Parents, guardians and caretakers of school-going children have a challenging and unusual burden to bear as they prepare to take learners back to school.
Schools were ordered closed after the president, Uhuru Kenyatta, ordered the closure in March following the announcement of the first Covid-19 case in Kenya.
Form four candidates, standard eight candidates and grade four students will be the first to return to school. The CS of education, Geoge Maghoha, said that schools had to reopen for the sake of the students.
Parents are expected to dig deeper into their pockets to ensure that their children are kept safe from the spread of the virus. Strict guidelines will be followed in all learning institutions.
Some of the mandatory requirements are, wearing masks at all times, several hand washing points strategically located in the schools, temperature checks and strict observance of general hygiene.
Many parents have lamented that they were caught off guard by some of the requirements stipulated by the schools.
Some schools require students to wear masks purchased from specific shops. These masks must be labelled with the school logo, have the school colours or school name on them.
Most parents also complained that the one week notice issued to parents was not sufficient. They, however, have no choice but to comply with the directive.
The directive has come as good news to uniform distributors, booksellers and shoe store owners. A spot check done by our team revealed long queues in most stores ahead of tomorrow’s reopening.
Uniform Distributors Limited located along river road, in the Central Business District was overwhelmed by the sudden surge of customers.
Some of the stores had already downsized on staff during the corona period due to financial hardships and were also caught unawares.
Teachers have also welcomed the reopening as some of them had gone months without a salary due to the closure.