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George Magoha:Students might learn in shifts should schools reopen in September.

The cabinet secretary of Education Professor George Omore Magoha yesterday  said that students might take turns in learning should schools resume in September.

The ministry of education is contemplating having students attend schools in shifts in order to comply with health education guidelines on social distancin’g.

Candidate Classes

The CS said that if that is to happen,priority will be given to transition classes, and finalists or examination cohorts in schools, universities, teacher training colleges and TVET institutions.

According to the standard newspaper, in primary and secondary Schools, focus will be on Class Eight and Form Four candidates.

The transition of Grade Four pupils under the Competency-Based Curriculum is also critical as the government is expected to implement a national roll-out of the new system to Grade Five next year.

Professor Magoha is still studying a number of scenarios presented to him in case schools reopen come September.

These proposals were made by the Covid-19 Education Response Committee set up by the CS to advise him on the reopening of all basic learning institutions and tertiary institutions.

The CS added that the decisions to have learning institutions open in September have not been fully reached and can change anytime.

Amon’g the factors that might lead to the change include increased knowledge of the Corona virus and the prevailing circumstances within the country.

Proposals on table
One option is to have a section of learners attend school in the mornin’g and others in the afternoon.

Next is to have a section attend school for a week or month then the others to do the same in an alternate fashion.

Still,the CS is contemplating having various classes spread accross two or three days of the week.

For example,the candidate class could attend school from Monday to Wednesday then the rest comes in from Thursday while the former group stays back.

To equalise the number of days attended,a group that attended school for three days the previous week would go for two days the following week.

The sequence would continue throughout the term.

According to sources ,conversant with the modalities, the latter proposal would be ideal as far as equal provision of education is concerned.

The candidate classes will have ample time preparing for final examinations while at the same the other groups continue to learn without being left behind.

In another proposal,a section of learners are to attend school for one term as the others stay back at home in alternating fashion.

This however was rejected. Experts Said that the period that has been taken by students at home is enough and it would be unwise to extend it further when schools finnaly resume.

The CS  assured all stake holders that necessary measures are taken to ensure that right decisions regarding school reopening are taken.

He added that several measures are to be  considered after consulting with relevant stake holders.

Some of the measures includes:
Having fewer learners at schools to reduce contact in order to avoid any deaths that might occur as a result of reopening.

Teacher’s Roles

Teachers to implement social distancing rules, handwashing with soap, use of hand sanitisers, wearing of masks or face shields, and monitoring temperatures to reduce the risk of infection.

Some teachers who spoke said that to have all these measures implemented then it’s wise to have staff number boosted.

They argued that as may be the case with learners,teachers who are on duty this week may also alternate with a different group the following week.

With all these proposals,the question therefore becomes,how possible will their implementation be in boarding schools??

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Education:7 demands by KNUT before schools reopen in September 1.

pupils in a discussion forum within the school compound.

Teachers have given an array of conditions they want met before resuming learning come September.

1.Teachers to serve within their localities.
Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) to do away with delocalization policy that saw many teachers work away from their homes.

Through KNUT Secretary General wilson Sossion,teachers said that in accordance with Ministry of health guidelines, they should be allowed to work within their areas of residence to avoid spreading the virus.

To effect this,they asked the employer to reogarnise staffing with a view to minimising movements.

According to Sossion, posting of teachers should be done within their localities or in areas where they have established their homes to minimise movement as possible.

He argued that teachers posted away from their homes or family members always extend weekends to visit their families.

TSC boss Dr. Nancy Macharia

2.Teachers be inducted on Measures to lessen Covid 19, safety measures and effects of the virus.

The firebrand Secretary general said that teachers must first be trained on how to deal with Corona virus professionally, psychologically and emotionally as well as related stigma.

3.Setting up of emergency Health facilities.
They also want the employer to set up treatment centres to handle cases that might arise after resumption and throughout the term.

4.Special attention be given to teachers with 55years of age and above and those that might have underlying medical conditions such as cancer,high blood pressure and diabetes.

He added that about 50,000 of teachers fall within the high risk age hence need for proper deployment strategies.

KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion

5.An affirmative action plan for war-striken counties such as Garissa ,Wajir,Mandera and Tana River to increase the number of teachers.

He said that to implement social distancing with high number of students currently in the government schools,more than 400,000 teachers must be employed.

6.A class to contain a maximum of 15 students/pupils. This would mean that a review of staffing be done.

7.TSC to absorb all teachers who are qualified and registered by the Commission.

In connection to this, he proposes that all interns be employed on permanent and pensionable terms to help check understaffin’g.

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The ultimate guide to caring for a child with Attention disorders during lockdown.

Raising a child with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders can be a daunting task to some parents. However, with the right strategies you will realize that it is not so hard a responsibility. Here are  some tips:

1.Encourage exercise.
Engage the child in riding a bike, playin’g football, rope skipping or any other simple physical activity of choice.

Physical exercise is important in burning excess energy, which in turn improves sleep patterns,stimulate brain ,relieves depression and developing physically active habits.

2.praise! Praise !praise !
Praise the child when he does something good. Always reinforce with praise and encouragement to help him/her distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

3.Break down tasks for the child. Breaking down tasks into achievable goals is important in regulating emotions that might arise from him either succeeding or failing.

Instead of “bring me that ball” say “John take the ball” pause and wait for him to have the ball then say “bring” while opening your palm. Make instructions as simple as possible by dividing into smaller portions.

4.Have a clear routine.
let the child know what to expect next, in order to limit can use this technique to gradually introduce a new responsibility into his/her life.

5.Let the activities you do be interesting.
A child is likely to get immersed in an interesting activity rather than less interesting ones.

Make even challenging of the tasks as interesting as possible to enhance high degree focus. Be playful and have him learn a thin’g in the process.

6. Minimize distractors.
Eliminate anything that may distract the child. When you give him a task to work on in the living room for example switching off television and radio is a good thing to avoid getting lured.

7. Don’t command, explain.
Accompany tasks with an explanation. Tell the child reasons why you want him to take the task using a positive clear and elaborate language.

It is not only respectable but also helps alleviate any worry and confusion in the child.

8. Always use a positive language.
This might at times be difficult but it is important in building your child’s confidence.

A negative language or ranting at your child will only make the him feel hurt or not loved hence worsening disruptive behaviors.

9.Have wait time.
while instructing, let the child wait for some seconds before responding. This is important in letting him think of the appropriateness of the reply he is likely to give.

The strategy takes practice but is advantageous in enhancing the child’s social life.

10.keep working towards behavior modification.
Keep trying even when your attempts to modify a behavior seems to have come to a halt.

Always be patient with the child and when you find yourself in this situation, stopping a strategy for a while is a good idea. In connection to that,remember as a parent to stay calm.