Reopening of School in Doubt as COVID-19 continues to spike.

Reopening of School in Doubt as COVID-19 continues to spike.

Last Updated at: 2020-10-21 23:35:24

Coronavirus infections have risen in the past few days casting doubt on Monday's expected full reopening of schools in Kenya. Education stakeholders including parents and teachers have urged caution. 

Grade 4, Standard 8 and Form 4 students reported on school on 12th of October this year. The rest of the learners were anticipated to reopen after two weeks, depending on the rate of COVID-19 cases in the country.

At the time of reopening, the infections rate had dropped significantly to less than 5 per cent which the World Health Organisation recommends for school reopening. The plan, however, seems to be jeopardised even as the Ministry of Health is expected to give it green light following the rising percentage of Covid-19 patients.

COVID-19 cases have increased tripled, a situation that could trigger a likely return to lockdown. Coronavirus positivity rate now stands at 12 per cent, up from 4 per cent. The Ministry of Health is yet to approve the plan to reopen schools for all learners.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe hinted at a tightening of containment protocols should the current trend not revers.

According to NATION, blame games have rocked the Ministry of Health with officials blaming their Health counterparts for lack of guidance on the fate of other learners, even as parents’ associations and headteachers warned against a rushed resumption of school.

Education Cabinet Secretary Magoha had mentioned that the rest of learners would be recalled after 2 weeks of candidate's resumption and is expected to issue direction on the full reopening this week.

Partial reopening

“The ministry will observe the situation in one or two weeks, then we recall the other children. We shall recall them when the time is right,” Prof Magoha said while inspecting Olympic Primary in Kibra last week.

 

The Education Taskforce on Covid-19 led by Sara Ruto suggested the partial reopening last week due to a positivity rate of less than 4 per cent for two weeks. It was by this fact that the Ministry of Health and the Education Ministry allowed form 4, Grade 4, and Standard learners to resume learning.

The task force team advised that the rest of learners should reopen after observing the trend for two weeks. It has however been revealed that the taskforce team have not met to review the situation since they made the last recommendations.

 

“The information from the Ministry of Health is discouraging,” a source from the Ministry of Education said. National Parents Association chair Nicholas Maiyo has threatened to petition the government to shut down schools if learners get infected.

Kenya Private Schools Association Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndoro maintained the Ministry of Health should do more to safeguard the health of school children.

“We are very disappointed by how the Health ministry has been passing information on Covid-19. There is a need for more awareness now that schools have started reopening,” Peter Ndoro said.

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESHA) Chairman Kahi Indimuli noted that school administrators are in a dilemma over the school resumption adding that a big loss among form four candidates had been identified by teachers since reporting to school.

“The Ministry of Health will have to come out strongly and advise on the way forward now that the positivity rate is going up,” Mr Indimuli said. He noted that learners need to be protected even at home.

“We would have wished to have all the students back in school but looking at the Covid-19 figures, we have to ask if it will be advisable to reopen. That is the fear we have. On the other hand, the more we keep them at home, the more difficult it will be to bring them up to speed with syllabus expectations,” Mr Indimuli said.

 

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Hery Nov 24, 2020 | 17:10:19

How I wish all counties could do the same. Covid-19 is real and schools are affected

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Michael Nov 12, 2020 | 13:15:27

Tsc is lying about promotion of teachers yet some have stayed for over ten years without promotion. Parliamentary committee on education look into this problem.

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Madina Oct 22, 2020 | 16:01:01

Kama shule haina darasa la wanafunzi watahiniwa,na walimu wote wako shuleni,hamhisi Kuwa ni seals gumu Kuwa idle tafadhali

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Mercy Karanja Oct 7, 2020 | 17:38:29

Amazing, thanks Teachers Updates for understanding what we really want. I have found the merit list for Mombasa County and I am confident I will win that position. Lets meet on ground fam 🙏

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 Oct 21, 2020 | 15:29:49

Ok

Hendrick Oct 5, 2020 | 08:49:34

Is there a county called Bungoma in this country??Why ist not reflecting there please.

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 Oct 17, 2020 | 06:27:53

Yes l come from Bungoma County, located in western region. Is among luhya based county, neighborhood to Trans Nzoia county,Kakamega county Vihiga county and Busia

 Oct 5, 2020 | 16:10:54

Yes we have Bungoma cou2

BARRAK WERE Sep 17, 2020 | 13:40:54

That number nine i think is fake, and why do they want all these documents and yet we scanned and send to them, it is just a formality which disadvantages other, most of the doctors are on strike, who will fill that form, why not private hospitals? Even the public hospital doctors do not examin, they just fill the form, what they yearn for is just money.

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jay Sep 14, 2020 | 12:06:01

Fake announcement NO money was released to pay BOM teacher #PAYBOMSALARY

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 Oct 12, 2020 | 10:02:34

I work under BOM and I was paid, consult with your principal.

 Sep 19, 2020 | 06:15:37

They should be employed instead

Ro Officio Sep 12, 2020 | 08:56:03

Wat happened to FAKE case Zack kìnùthia. FAKE is his word as he is #Paybomteachers #bomteachersdemonstrations

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Ro Officio Sep 12, 2020 | 08:56:02

Wat happened to FAKE case Zack kìnùthia. FAKE is his word as he is #Paybomteachers #bomteachersdemonstrations

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 Oct 1, 2020 | 16:40:43

uygyufyfyug

 Sep 25, 2020 | 13:56:51

We aint

Ro Officio Sep 12, 2020 | 08:55:33

Wat happened to FAKE case Zack kìnùthia. FAKE is his word as he is #Paybomteachers #bomteachersdemonstrations

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 Oct 9, 2020 | 09:47:00

The money honestly speaking was paid.I am a bom teacher and I received the boom

 Sep 20, 2020 | 10:40:51

Hapo sisemi kitu🙄

Weta Makio Sep 9, 2020 | 05:28:50

They should open schools.. Enough looting has been done in the two ministries to benefit a few individuals... They should not kill the education of the common child when their kids are learning online

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 Nov 3, 2020 | 15:40:38

If Kolanya is just few population at shool,what about the all shool.do we mean that all population will be affected. If it so shool remain close.education must take when environment allows.

 Nov 3, 2020 | 15:40:38

If Kolanya is just few population at shool,what about the all shool.do we mean that all population will be affected. If it so shool remain close.education must take when environment allows.

 Sep 15, 2020 | 04:38:23

Just help us to learn online

Erick Sep 6, 2020 | 11:05:03

#paybomsalary

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 Sep 8, 2020 | 11:06:34

Hoping that this has reached the destination.bom teachers are depressed.

 Sep 6, 2020 | 16:11:22

Where do BOG trainers in tvet institutions fall here, are they included too?

 Sep 6, 2020 | 14:22:31

Coushion Tvet Bom teachers too life is getting hard n hard every day

 Sep 6, 2020 | 11:52:43

MOE CS should resign with his advisors

Evangeline Ngoci Sep 5, 2020 | 13:57:57

Yes , as a tvet bom teacher am almost giving up in life, please Prof. Magoha help us

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 Sep 10, 2020 | 13:21:56

What is up to date?

 Sep 10, 2020 | 08:21:07

What you told as date of reopen school