School Reopening: Learners health safety is key – CS George Magoha

CS George Magoha. Image|Courtesy

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has said that the safety of learners is the priority in school reopening.

Speaking on Friday after receiving a report by the Covid-19 Education Response Committee, the CS told off those worried about National Exams, challenging parents to guide children while at home.

“To us the life of one child is very important; so other than thinking so much about exams and learning, teach the child what you know yourself,” said CS Magoha.

The committee, which is chaired by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Studies Director Dr. Sara Ruto, proposes schools to reopen in September.

The ministry is set to analyze the report and direct on the next course of action to be taken.

Schools were closed on March 13, 2020 following the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the country, and should the ministry adopt the report, students will be required to remain home completing a 24-weeks break to the end of August.

The report recommends that about 1.8 million KCPE and KCSE candidates to be the first patch to reopen, with the rest reporting 2 weeks after Social Distancing requirements have been adhered to by school administration.

It further recommends National Examinations to be held in February 2021, 20 weeks from the reopening date, to give learners enough time to cover up from where they had left.

Measures to reopen schools

The rest of the learners will be expected to report back to school two weeks, after school administration has set adequate emergency measures.

Countries in Sub-Sahara Africa are considering to reopen learning institutions months after the pandemic struck the continent, with many considering to reopen the economy as they adopt to new normal.

Ivory Coast is among the first African countries to reopen its learning institutions, as Coronavirus cases in the country tally to at 2,376.

Learners in the country returned back to class on Monday, while wearing face masks –they also washed hands –with a teacher directing them.

Learners sat one per desk and 1.5 meters between desks, as bottles of hand sanitizing gels placed within reach.

The Education ministry in Kenya has what it takes to set adequate measures to reopen schools and keep learners and teachers safe from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, commending on charges by private schools, the CS urged parents to negotiate with teachers to keeping learning going on.

“It was your choice to take your children to the private schools; let the parents negotiate with the teachers on the charges; otherwise the private school sector will collapse, said CS magoha.

Covid-19 cases continue to soar as the country 1,745 as at Friday 29, after 127 new cases were recorded in the last 24-hours.




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