Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia has said that all is set for the reopening of schools on January 4.Kinuthia said measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of both learners and teachers from Covid-19.“The government is prepared for reopening and there is no turning back,” said the CAS.
He added that the ongoing delivery of lockers and desks to public primary and secondary schools will facilitate social distancing in the institutions.“In Makueni, the delivery stands at 58 per cent and we are appealing to those that have been given the contracts to fast-track the exercise and ensure that the lockers and desks are delivered in the respective schools by December 31,” he said.
The CAS called on school heads to ensure all learners report back to school and warned that the government will take action against parents whose children will not resume classes.“Even for those learners that may have gotten pregnant, we want them to report back to school to continue with classes. No student should fail to report to school,” he said.
He also directed public schools to admit learners whose private schools may have closed due to the pandemic.“Most of the public schools are not full and they should accommodate the learners, and although there are challenges, the government has enough resources,” he said.The CAS called on education stakeholders to adhere to the government protocols on Covid-19 once schools resume.“We appeal to parents to ensure that learners have face masks.
School heads should also ensure that institutions have enough washing stations and students maintain social distance,” he added.At the same time, the CAS dispelled claims that the government plans to increase university fees, terming them misleading.“The government has no plans whatsoever to charge more fees. Our plan is to ensure that both basic and university education is free,” said Kinuthia.
Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed speaking earlier in his office when the CAS paid him a courtesy visit said that his office will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure all students in the county resume learning once schools reopen.“We are expecting over 400,000 students to report back to school and we will collaborate and ensure that every student is accounted for,” he said.Maalim added that the county is expecting to deliver 8,600 lockers to 172 secondary schools and 9,450 desks to 135 primary schools to facilitate social distancing among learners.