Last Updated at: 2020-05-27 19:50:46
The National Covid-19 Education Response Committee led by Sarah Ruto has invited all stakeholders and the public to channel their views on the best possible strategies of restoring normality in the country's education sector.
“The Committee now invites all stakeholders and the public to submit their views on the best possible national response in line with the committee’s terms of reference for the basic education sub-sector,” Ruto said in a statement.
The public has upto 22nd of May to submit their written memoranda to the committee’s secretariat.
Those who wish to submit their views can do so via email to:
email@example.com or through P.O Box 30231-00100, Nairobi to be received on or before 22nd May 2020 by 5:00p.m.
On the other hand Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) and the Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) has also protested the deliberate exclusion from the committee that was formed by the ministry of education.
“The union despite being a principal player in the Basic Education sub-sector, Magoha has continued to maliciously exclude it from major decision-making processes that would define the future of education of this country. Anything without our involvement and participation cannot be for us. Nothing for us without us,” SG Sossion said.
The Committee has been mandated with the task of advising the Cabinet Secretary on the reopening of Basic Education institutions (Pre-Primary. Primary, Secondary Schools, Teacher Training Colleges and Adult Education Institutions.), reviewing and reorganizing the school calendar
and advising the Cabinet Secretary on ways of onboarding students/pupils when the schools re-open.
They also must document all COVID-19 related matters, lessons learnt and recommendations for future preparedness, advise the Cabinet Secretary on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for education by poor households and suggest mitigation measures.
They will advise the Cabinet Secretary on the Health and Safety measures to be put in place for the pupils/students, teachers and entire school community, Identify institutions that may have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and advise on mitigation and recovery measures.
Furthermore the Committee will submit regular reports to the Cabinet Secretary on the implementation progress of COVID-19 related programmes and perform any other related duty that may be assigned by the Cabinet Secretary.
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