Finally, the government has expressed its intentions to reopen schools. This comes after President Kenyatta stated that plans are underway to easy strict measures put to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and set stimulus that will help cushion the economy.
Among them is reopening the schools and all other learning institutions in the country. While addressing the country on the situation of Corina virus on Saturday 23rd May 2020, The President said that the government is chatting the forward on opening school after over two months closure.
“We know that parents and children are concerned about what the future hold. We shall communicate in the very new future after extensive discussion that are ongoing with the relevant stakeholders.” He assured.
The President seems to take seriously the warning sounded by World Health Organization (WHO) that the Virus will stay here longer. WHO also advised the African countries to open their economy and learn to stay with the Virus.
This comes as a relief to students and their teachers as well as the parents in the wake of the quagmire surrounding the reopening of schools across the country. This will also be a blessing to The Ministry of Education who are having sleepless nights due to pressure to postpone National examinations for both primary and secondary schools.
Earlier this month Education Ministry Cs prof Magoha formed a team that could see through, post covid-19 opening of schools. The Sarah Ruto lead task force expected to unvail its report to the President in a couple of days. However, parents and a section of leaders has expressed their displeasure to the rush reopening schools with the fear of second wave of of Corona virus outbreak. Among them is former majority leader in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen and former senator Boni kwalwaleh.
Also a possible resumption has faced a hefty blow after the headteachers made proposals that the forthcoming national examinations should be cancelled, taking into consideration that the candidates have not covered the syllabus. Both the students who will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education has hardly spent half of the year.
According to the report, it now impossible for schools to reopen, taking into consideration that the covid-19 positive cases are rocketing on daily basis. The Education CS professor George Magoha earlier on said that students health and safety should always be given first priority.
“The forthcoming national examinations should be rescheduled to a date when students are well prepared. It would be fair that after opening schools, programmes should be in place to deliver needful instructions to the candidates,” said the schools head on reopening of school.
Now parents and students should wait until the government comes up with dates that would be favourite for the reopening of schools.