The Ministry of Education has released a total of Sh14.4 billion to schools as they prepare for the Monday phased reopening. Ministry of Education Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang’ yesterday confirmed the release of free learning cash, noting that Sh13.2 billion has gone to secondary schools while primary schools received Sh1.2 billion.
The primary schools’ funds were received on Thursday evening while secondary schools’ reflected in the accounts yesterday morning. The release of funds came as a major relief to school heads, who had already started plunging their institutions into debt procuring water tanks, sanitisers, thermo guns and other hygiene equipment as directed by the ministry. Special needs education schools asked the government to provide clear masks for deaf children and teachers to enable learning.
Kenya Special Needs Head Teachers Association Peter Sitienei said the children with earing impairedness depend on reading from their teacher’s lips to communicate in class. Mr Sitienei said the special masks are necessary for the schools as they will need to engage learners while in class. Both Mr Indimuli and Mr Gathemia asked parents to buy facemasks for their children. Grade Four, Standard Eight and Form Four students are expected to report on Monday.
The Ministry of Education directed school heads to ensure learners adhere to the Covid-19 protocols, including washing their hands, wearing face masks and undergoing daily temperature screening. Schools are also to ensure that they buy disinfectants, liquid soaps, non-touch thermometers, face masks and first aid kits. They were also asked to ensure adequate clean running water and sanitation facilities.