Schools have been closed for almost 7 months now. All attempts that were made by the government in order to reopen schools failed terribly and the Ministry of Education, therefore, had to push the date to January 2021.
This was due to the inadequate preparations by many learning institutions and the worsening of the COVID-19 situation in the country. However, with the flattening of the COVID-19 infection curve in the country, the reopening issue rekindled and the Ministry of Education is making a great step in ensuring that schools reopen soon.
A week ago, education stakeholders met and discussed on school reopening issue. However, they did not announce the actual date for reopening. They said that they will arrange for another meeting to finalize the plan.
Yesterday, another meeting was held to discuss the same issue. While addressing the members of the fourth estate, the CEO for Teachers Service Commission Dr. Nancy Macharia ordered all teachers to report to their respective schools the latest 28th October. This is in order for them to prepare the schools and make them habitable ahead of a ‘possible re-opening’.
New details have now emerged on the reopening dates. According to Citizen TV journalist Jemtai Goin on Monday night, it is expected that after teachers report to their schools on the 28th of September, they will be given a week to prepare and then schools will reopen on the 4th. If the schools will not be ready by the 4th, a week will be added and then the data is pushed a week further. The latest date will be on the 19th of October if all the initial preparations will not have been successful.
Additionally, the reopening will be done in phases and as opposed to the original speculations, it will take a minimum of one week before the next group of students is allowed back to school.
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