Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said the Government will provide further direction this weekend regarding the extended closure of schools given that some of the Covid-19 measures are set to expire. The address by president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected on Saturday with curfew restrictions that have been in force for the last one month expiring.

The CS indicated that schools may be closed longer given that some of the institutions are being used as covid 19 isolation centres.

“It will look like an open secret (status of schools’ reopening). Because, as we speak 351 public schools are being used by the government… You have seen all over the world, nobody has opened any school when the pandemic is still spiking,” said CS Magoha when he received the final national covi 19 education response committee in Nairobi, today.

CS Magoha castigated parents who have been pushing for reopening of schools.

“If you have no time to look after you child, then perhaps you have no business creating a child. Spend time with your child.. Learning starts at home and starts with the family; so can we all go back to our families please and start teaching our children,” said the CS.

He said parents should protect their children from all forms of vices in the society. This comes as cases of offences against children continue to increase daily.

The DCI says offences against children are on the rise in the backdrop of the current covid 19 pandemic.
The DCI says offences against children are on the rise in the backdrop of the current covid 19 pandemic.

 

Magoha reported that the government in consultation with development partners is putting in place mitigation measures in all schools to prevent Covid-19 from penetration to learning institutions.

Earlier on in the day, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, his Health counterpart Mutahi Kagwe and Prof. George Magoha held a consultative meeting with religious leaders from all faiths to consolidate their views regarding onsite worship and schooling in the face of COVID-19; ahead of the final pronouncement by President Kenyatta tomorrow.

The full report on reopening of schools will be made public after president Kenyatta has been briefed.

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