CS Magoha hints at a possibility of Govt reopening schools earlier than Jan 2021 amid dwindling COVID19 infections

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,25TH AUG 2020-Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha says  the government is ready and willing to change school reopening dates anytime depending on the behavior of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is in the same spirit that Prof. Magoha has now hinted that school reopening dates might just be pushed closer than the initially projected January 2021.For the past one week there has been a reduction in daily recorded infection figures reported by the ministry of health.

Prof. Magoha, speaking in Migori County where he toured institutions to assess their preparedness, said if the trend continues and the curve flattens, then his ministry will take another look at the academic calendar.

The CS however insisted that the schools will be only be reopened once the ministry is sure children will be safe in the institutions upon resumption.

“You’re aware the virus is starting to look like it is going to stagnate…we’re saying should the situation change, we shall be ready and willing to look at the scenario once again in the interest of our children,” said Prof. Magoha.

“As far as the government is concerned, ours is to open the learning institutions like yesterday…the bottom-line is our children should be reasonably safe when they return. We’re doing everything possible including ensuring that water sources and sanitizers are available… we’re even in the process of providing masks where it’s possible.”

On his part , Migori Governor Okoth Obado urged the government to improve infrastructure in schools so that learners can be safe when they finally resume.

The governor also asked parents to take good care of their children during this long stay at home to avoid cases of early pregnancy.

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