schools MAY NOT reopen in September
The Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has said that the national exams may be done in April 2021 should schools reopen in September. Appearing before Senate a committee on COVID-19 on Thursday, June 18, the CS said if schools won’t reopen in September over the upsurge of coronavirus cases, then “we must declare what I don’t want to say here.”
The CS said the government had not arrived at a conclusive decision on reopening schools in September saying with the rising COVID-19 cases the worst may be expected in September/October. “At this stage, our numbers are going up, and we might have a peak on September/ October and we will decide if we would want to open our schools. “We are looking at the calendar at what time we can open schools and do exams, if we opened in September we might do exams in April, beyond that it won’t be feasible to do the exams,” Magoha told the senators.
The CS said his ministry was focusing on finding the right way out before schools can resume and among other options they were considering included how to sanitise and mask the learners. He said one of the crucial things that was making it difficult to arrive at the right step of action to take was the fact that some learners are as young as six years and it would be difficult to have them wear face masks. He said the decision will be made to the public in the next four weeks after consultations on the right direction to take before they can fully settle on the date for reopening schools. The CS sentiments came amid anticipation from parents and learners after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed Magoha’s ministry to come up with a plan for reopening schools during his last address on COVID-19.