Ministry of Education has asked parents across the country to start preparing their kids for school opening in few weeks’ time.
Cabinet Secretary CS for Education Prof George Magoha yesterday Friday August 28th, mentioned that with the Covid-19 curve flattening by day, schools would be reopened anytime soon but declined to state the exact date.
He indicated through his level of preparedness address held at Wote in Makueni County that they were now working on modalities that would ensure children are safe at school. He said Covid-19 committee will be meeting so as to finalize on the reopening date.
“We are observing the curve and when it hits 5% in the next three weeks, we then can sit down and make hard decisions together.
“We really must get our children to schools. We want to see whether we can reopen earlier and conditions will determine,” Magoha said.
He said this despite having earlier said that schools will be reopening next year as there was no hope of Coronavirus disappearing from the country anytime soon before changing tune again and defending that this was not confusion on their part.
He however took the opportunity to criticize many vocational training institutions for not hastening preparations even as opening date nears. He pointed out Kazi Mtaani youths as the most appropriate human resource which schools should rely on in this preparations.
He added that with his interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i, they were working carefully to make sure any resources given to schools remained safe.
“We are creating a system where every public secondary school gets between 50 and 100 desks. However, we are going to implement this with the help of the Interior Ministry to ensure no public money is lost and also have onboard all youth leaders in every sub-county,” the CS stated.
Magoha on August 25th announced scrapping the entire 2020 academic calendar including KCPE and KCSE examinations saying those affected will have to start afresh their year; but with pressure from other stakeholders now piling, he seems to be drifting slowly from his previous stand.