Schools May Remain Closed Until January 2021, Professor Magoha Says.

Schools May Remain Closed Until January 2021, Professor Magoha Says.

Last Updated at: 2020-07-07 11:50:18

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has expressed his fears that schools may not reopen on September as planned earlier. He said the resumption of studies may be pushed to next year, 2021 if the Covid-19 pandemic cases keep increasing. 

Speaking during a meeting with education stakeholders at the KICD on Wednesday, the CS said the ministry won't risk the health of students in any way the decision which he said parents fully support.

CS Magoha had initially met with the Council of Governors who came to terms that schools should remain closed until the Coronavirus curve is flattened. On 6th of July, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to make his official statement on when exactly schools will reopen. 

Magoha said that resumption of school learning will be determined by educational stakeholders ability to ensure Social distancing in schools in which the Ministry of Health suggests that it should include a 15-20 number of learners per class. 

The meeting was attended by the UASU officials, TSC chief executive officer Dr Nancy Macharia, KEWOTA representatives, KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion among other stakeholders. 

CS Magoha is expected to release a new school calendar before the end of August 2020 as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

KNUT Secretary-general Wilson Sossion had protested earlier that the resuming classes would be difficult if more teachers won't be hired to cover the new teacher-student ratio deficit in the country suggesting that all BOM teachers be absorbed by TSC to fill the gaps.

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