Technical trainin’g colleges have been asked to begin preparin’g for openin’g in September by Education cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha.
According to the Daily Nation, Magoha told the insititutions to only resume learnin’g partially,while prioritisin’g the finalist Classes.
Primary and Secondary Schools.
The CS hinted that in light of the covid-19 infections that keep soarin’g in Kenya, primary and secondary schools may not be opened in September 1 as earlier said.
Unless the Covid-19 curve is flattened ,this would mean that opening of the basic learnin’g sector will be pushed to January next year.
He said that openin’g the schools with the current situation of the virus is a tantamount to risking children’s lives.
“We don’t want to have a situation where we take learners back to school and get them infected with coronavirus,” said Magoha.
Many principals have been opposed to the proposed September Schools openin’g citin’g lack of preparedness to observe the health measures due to financial constraints.
Since March ,the goverenment has not released any subsidy funds to schools.
If schools are to open in January as hinted by prof Magoha,it would mean that all learners ,save for the candidates, would have no option but to repeat for a whole year.
The few months (two months and two weeks) the learners were in school this year would not justify their progress to the next grade.
At the same time,Schools are facing serious understaffin’g of about 130,000 teachers .
Those that were employed on Board of Management terms have not received their pay since March and are unlikely to work zealously unless they are given their pay.
Accordin’g to insiders from Jogoo house,the candidates could be ordered to go back to school in August to begin preparation for final examinations.
Professor Magoha recently said that the National examinations for both class eight and form fours are likely to be done in either April or May.
The same sources said that probably, universities will be at liberty to choose their openin’g dates.
This would however depend on their academic calendars and their readiness to adhere to Ministry of health Covid-19 guidelines.
Prequisites for university openin’g
Amon’g the things expected of universities before openin’g includes;
Well stocked face masks , sanitizer booths and running water.
Others includes social distancing rules for everyone in the institutions and hygiene protocols.
Having done all these,the relevant authority within the University must invite a team of officials from both Education and Health ministries for inspection.
If the team approves the measures put in place ,then the institution will be given a go ahead to open.
Magoha advised the Institutions to allow partial openin’g with a view to permittin’g
the finalists to take their examinations.
“We had a meeting with stakeholders. A part of our engagement meeting has gone on well and come up with several proposals that will see learning resume,” said the CS, who was accompanied by the Tvet Principal Secretary, Dr Julius Jwan.
Magoha reiterated that the major challenge ,that he described as the elephant in the room is social distancin’g.
“Kindly programme and bring students in shifts and allow others to complete their examinations,” he said, adding that the institutions must be able to make their own masks and provide sanitisers to students.
The CS also added that the higher learning institutions that were used as isolation centres will have to be fumigated before openin’g.
Further he said that no more patients will be admitted to such centers in order to allow their reopenin’g.
The 8.8 billion from the world bank ,he said ,will be used in supportin’g infrastructural development in schools.