Even as I write this article,it is my hope that a vaccine be found soonest.
However before then, doors to the buildings in all learning institutions should remain locked.
Before you ‘fire salvo’ at the Kenya’s Education cabinet secretary George Magoha over plans to postpone opening dates even further ,think of countries such as HongKong that closed back schools barely a month after opening, after experiencing a third wave of covid-19 infections.
Excuse me,how does Hongkong and Kenya compare in terms of economy and by extension ,preparedness to mitigate the spread of the virus?
Before you begin enumerating countries that have managed to open schools world over ,ask yourself the measures that they put in place pre-opening then look at them against Kenya’s.
Teachers’ and learners not Guinea pigs.
As a parent, get to know that your child and his/her teacher are not guinea pigs or rats in an experiment to test whether or not it is safe to reopen schools.
Learning institutions were in March closed following confirmation of just one case of covid-19.
The figures currently stands at 24,411 as of yesterday and you want schools opened ,are you mad?
Hardly can learners interactions be restricted while in schools meaning even with masks on, infections are still bound to occur,again at a higher rate.
You might argue that teachers will take care of them and ensure they put on masks at all times and maintain social distance as well. Since when did teachers become health care givers to do all these?
Even the proposed open-air learning should schools re-open is practically impossible. Think of the afternoon rains.Where will lerners have shelter in case of a heavy down pour? Definitely classrooms and you know how risky that can be.
Health facilities might be overwhelmed if infections increase among learners owing to the fact that home based care may not be an option in case of emergencies.
If you want schools opened without sacrificing teachers,learners and relatives who are studying, then it is prudent to have them closed till that time when it will be scientifically safe to do so.
Of concern to me are learners with special needs. Take an example of a paraplegic learner who will have to frequently adjust his/her mask in case it’s not well positioned.
The young ones with autism and language and communication difficulties needs time to be trained to master an instruction.
Before you fully train them on Social distancing and wearing of masks,they shall have contracted the disease.Is that what you want?
I hold the view that health supersedes education but if you have a contrary opinion then You should be reported to Ugandan president Museveni for some militaristic discipline.
By Belfast Brian , a special Needs Education Teacher.