Uhuru's instruction to the Ministry of Education

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Jun 2nd 2020 at 11:25
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday said he was aware of the anxiety faced by parents and children regarding the resumption of education in the country but a way forward will be given soon

Speaking during the Madaraka Day celebrations at State House, Nairobi, the Head of State said the safety of students is paramount.

He acknowledged that the containment measures announced by the government, although necessary, have changed how people live.

“I appreciate the anxiety weighing heavy on the minds of parents and children – particularly those preparing for the national examinations.

“In that regard, and conscious of the emerging trend of infections, I direct that the Ministry of Education fast-tracks and finalizes the ongoing consultations with the stakeholders that will provide an appropriate calendar for gradual resumption of education in the country,” he said.

Adding: “The guidelines should also include protocols to be followed by all learning institutions to guarantee the safety of our children.”

Education CS Prof George Magoha on Friday said he cannot say when schools will be reopened because there are many factors involved.

While receiving a report from the Education Response Committee on COVID-19, the CS emphasized that the life of every child matters and this is not the time to put pressure on the government on whether to administer exams or not.

“To us, the life of one child is very important; so rather than thinking so much about exams & learning, teach the child what you know yourself,” said Magoha.

The CS also said that the unpredictable nature of the Coronavirus means that schools might be reopened and the number of infections will go up.

To avoid such a scenario, Magoha said reopening schools next year is an option on the table but consultations are still ongoing.

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