Schools To Be Reopened After Scrutiny Of Covid-19 Data

Schools To Be Reopened After Scrutiny Of Covid-19 Data

Last Updated at: 2020-06-11 03:43:35

Education CS George Magoha on Friday received the final report of the Covid-19 National Education Response Committee at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

The report contains guidelines on the reopening of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, whose final decision would be made next week by President Uhuru Kenyatta after reviewing. 

"South Korea or Israel, everything was done correctly and people rushed to open (schools) and they have closed," Magoha said Magoha hinting an extended closure of schools. The committee had in its preliminary report recommended that schools be reopened in September. 

Although the contents of the report were not revealed during todays’ press conference, CS  Magoha promised to give an answer on Monday or Tuesday on whether the schools will reopen or remain closed emphasizing that all decisions will be made based on data and evidence from the Ministry of Health.

Learning institutions were closed in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Magoha set June 4th as the tentative opening date pending the advice of the committee and the Ministry of Health but later changed tune on May 28, saying he will not gamble with the lives of learners.

“A child who is at home and alive is better than one who tried to do exams and died,” Magoha said last week while receiving the preliminary report of the committee. On today's press brifing, the CS urged parents, guardians and care givers to take charge of the safety of their children during this pandemic period and even spend time with them.

“It is most heartbreaking that after I went to the slums to fish out some of the girls from the slums and took them to schools after looking for scholarships for them, three of the form one girls are pregnant within this short period of two months. A big shame on the parents,” said the CS saying parents should only produce the children that they are able to take care of.

" If you have no time to look after your child then you have no business creating a child. I want to state without fear of contradiction that parents must change their mindset and love their children by creating time. Love is measured by the number of minutes or hours you spend with your child and not by the amount of money you give your child,” added Magoha.

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