The fate of learners in Kenya has always been in doubt since schools were closed in March 2020 due to the outbreak of covid-19 in the country.
The step of closing schools was taken as a preventive measure against the spread of covid-19. Learners’ safety was given first priority and that’s why all schools had to be closed immediately.
For a couple of times now, the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has been giving parents and learners hopes of schools reopening as well as plans of the Ministry of Education in regards to schools reopening.
Schools had been rescheduled to reopen in January 2021 but just recently the CS said the schools may fail to reopen in January because of the inadequate infrastructure in the schools to handle learners in this covid-19 situation.
Other places like churches were reopened. This has made parents wonder why other social places would reopen and schools remain closed. Parents have now called upon the government to reopen schools or they will move to the court.
Through their lawyer, Harisson Kinyanjui they wrote a letter to Prof George Magoha, Ministry of Health and Attorney General demanding the reopening of schools. They argued that why could the social places be reopened while the schools remained closed. They said the social places pose a risk of spreading the virus than it is the case for schools.
They now want their children to go back to schools failure to which they will move to court to sort the matter.