Immediately after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country, the government took several steps in order to curb the spread of the virus. All learning institutions were closed in order to give space for the fight against the pandemic. The Ministry of Health thereafter introduced several measures that were meant to prevent rapid spread of the novel virus. Although stringent measures were put in place, the infection curve continued to be on an upward trajectory. The number of positive cases and the test positivity rate in the country kept on increasing.
Five months thereafter, the situation started to get better. The curve started to flatten and this revived the issue of of reopening various sectors of the economy. Among the most discussed sector has been education. The Ministry of Education headed by CS George Magoha has of late been very determined to make sure that schools are ready for reopening.
During a press conference that was the held today at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development [KICD], the education stakeholders confirmed that the reopening dates have been revised, the proposal delivered to the Ministry of Education and the latter will deliver the same to the President who will then announce the date. Coupled with the TSC’s order that teachers should report in their respective schools latest 28th September 2020, it is clear that the schools will be reopened soon.
In today’s COVID-19 daily updates, the CAS for Health Dr Rashid Aman said that the issue of school reopening is a serious one and needs a very careful approach. Dr Aman said that although the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country are appearing to decrease, we are not yet safe. He suggested that the the Ministry of Health should consider a phased reopening in order to prevent another health crisis that might lead to a second and worse wave in the country. This is because many countries that attempted to reopen schools were forced to close down immediately due to a second wave.
He further added that the issue is in discussion and the Ministry of Health has also been included in the talks. Therefore, they will make sure that a careful approach will be adopted in case of reopening so that to ensure safety to the learners.
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