Schools may remain closed beyond June 4 - Magoha
By Jael Mboga | May 29th 2020
The ministry will review the report before advising the country on the steps to be taken regarding the academic calendar.
Also in question is the level of preparedness required of all in the running of ECD centres, primary and secondary schools and teacher training institutions when they are re-opened.
The ministry added that the Covid19 situation obtained during the time when the committee collected views from stakeholders sharply changed when the infection rates hit three-digit figures.
Further, the Health ministry has projected that the rates of Covid-19 infections are likely to hit a peak in August-September 2020.
The debate on schools reopening has sparked conversation from educationists and politicians alike. Citizens are split on the matter.
The main concern is the KCPE and KCSe candidates, who seem to be at a disadvantage having stayed away from school for three months, and counting.
While others push for the schools to be reopened, stakeholders say it is difficult to ensure social distance and proper hygiene in school to stop infections.
When the disease was first confirmed in Kenya on March 13, school closure was among the first actions taken by the government to flatten the infection curve.
Kenya National Union of Teachers Wilson sossion has been at the forefront in calling for the modification of the school calendar and have children stay at home until it is safe to go back to school.
He said "education is not a ticket to heaven" and not worth risking children's lives.
His Kuppet counterpart Akello Misori earlier criticised the use of schools and quarantine and isolation centres, saying more will need to be done to ensure the safety of children before they are allowed to go back.
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