There is no plan to reopen schools as from September as speculated by some Kenyans on the internet, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof George Magoha confirms.
Speaking during his visit to the Kitale National Polytechnic on Monday, CS Magoha said the Education Ministry is in constant consultation with the Ministry of Health for more light on the behaviour of coronavirus in the country.
CS Magoha, however, said that TVET institutions might be allowed to open examination classes in September, adding that his ongoing inspection to the institutions is to assess the state of preparedness.
He downplayed rumours that have been circulated that teachers who fail to register for communal learning will be punished, saying the exercise is voluntary.
Prof Magoha said that elderly teachers and those with underlying medical conditions will not be allowed to take part in the programme, basing on their level of risk.
According to Prof Magoha, the programme is more focused on slums where pupils have no access to online learning.
“We were particularly concerned about pupils and students living in slums that cannot access even a radio in their home,” he said.
He assured the government’s determination in fostering the programme, terming those who oppose it as “malicious people with little interest for the Kenyan child.”
Prof Magoha said the government will not rush to reopen schools and endanger the lives of Kenyan children.
He blamed the World Health Organization (WHO) for recommending the opening of schools in Africa, saying the agency is applying double standards by asking other countries to follow strict protocols and doing the opposite in Africa.