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BY UPESI REPORTER,19TH AUG 2020-If schools will reopen in the country,Kenyans have to wait for the president’s word,education cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha has said.
The CS holds that schools will only reopen when adequate preparations have been put in place to ensure full compliance with the guidelines on COVID-19
CS Magoha however explained that even if such preparations shall have been put in place, the decision and the responsibility to reopen the over 100,000 schools lies with the president.
“More than 100,000 schools remain closed across the country, but the decision to reopen them lies with President Uhuru, he is the one to decide whether he can take the risk,” Prof. Magoha said.
Speaking when inspecting the level of preparedness at the Siaya Institute of Technology, Prof. Magoha explained that the greatest challenge that the government is dealing with, is ensuring that measures are in place before schools reopen.
During the visit, he asked Kenyans to ignore those pushing for the reopening of schools to allow students sit for exams, saying the lives of the students are more important than education.
“Others who have rushed have had to walk backwards, look at South Africa and America, kids have died, over 100,000 kids got infected in the US when they reopened, we do not want that,’ he added.
On August 7, Prof.Magoha threw a spanner into the works, saying that schools in the country may not reopen in January 2021, after all.
Prof. Magoha said the decision to allow learners back to class is largely dependent on the COVID-19 curve in the country, also mentioning that lack of funds to support expansion of infrastructure in schools is a big impediment.
With the 2020 academic calendar virtually wiped off, it now seems like the more than 15 million learners in primary and secondary schools in the country have something else to worry about.
The possibility that these learners could remain home beyond January is now looming large, as was the case for those in colleges and universities whose September reopening date was pushed forward.
Prof. Magoha admitted to these facts when responding to questions by the MPs during the virtual meeting on Thursday, remaining non-committal on whether there is a definite date for reopening of basic education learning institutions in the country.