Make first term safe for learners and teachers
ALEXANDER CHAGEMA | By Alexander Chagema | July 26th 2021
In a complete change of routine, the new school year begins today. Ordinarily, and for as long as Kenyans can remember, a new school year usually begins in January and runs through to December. This state of affairs was upset by the advent of in March 2020.
Closure of learning institutions was among the measures the government took to stop the spread of Covid-19. The uncertainty surrounding the virus, for which there was no cure or vaccine, led to our schools remaining closed for 10 months. The need to recover that lost time necessitated a rescheduling of the school calendar, which education experts hope will go back to normal by January 2023.
Schools are reopening at a time the threat of Covid-19 is still very much alive. Ministry of Health reports indicate that the Covid-19 prevalence rate stands at about 13 per cent, which is way above the five per cent recommended by the World Health Organisation as safe to relax containment rules.
Schooling must, however, continue despite the large number of learners per institution across the country. The import of this reality is that school managers must not, even for a moment, lower their guards. If anything, they must be more vigilant and uncompromising in the enforcement of compliance to Ministry of Health containment measures that include sanitising, wearing face masks, keeping social distance and washing hands.
There are many challenges to be overcome, including setting up additional classes and purchasing school furniture. Due to the shortened school terms and financial constraints imposed by Covid-19, most parents feel the pinch of paying school fees. It is incumbent upon individual schools and parents to reach an understanding on the modalities of paying school fees so that no learner misses out.
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