Education CS Stops Schools Re-opening As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Education Cabinet Secretary - George Magoha

For the past few weeks, coronavirus cases have grown with each day record of new cases being high. For instance, yesterday, 931 positive cases were reported from a sample size of 6,691 tested in the last 24 hours.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said that the Cabinet is yet to approve the decision to reopen for other grades in the wake of the COVID-19 burden.

“The government has not authorized the further reopening of other schools in public, private or international schools… that decision is yet to be considered by the Cabinet and when we get to it, the nation shall be told,” He added

Education Cabinet Secretary – George Magoha

Schools in Kenya began to reopen for in-person teaching on October 12 with KCPE, KCSE candidates, and Grade 4 learners reporting back first.

The candidates’ return was to give ample time for preparation of the national exams that are set to be conducted between April and June of 2021.

Teachers were directed to report back to school earlier to prepare for the safe return of students in the examination classes.

The three classes account for about 2.8 million learners. The rest of the classes were scheduled to resume today.

This includes those in pre-primary one and two, Grades one to three, Classes five to seven, and those in form 1, 2, and 3.

“For now we are not in a hurry (to reopen) as you can see the COVID rates are spiking… Those classes that were not opened before must remain close. If you do not abide then there shall be consequences,” Magoha said.

During the first phase of reopening, Education CS George Magoha termed the first 14 days vital in assessing how the institutions would cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

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