In a report, Knut and five other organisations warn the government against reopening schools without proper outlined measures to protect the academic fraternity.
“Observation by the assessment notes that the government’s lack of seriousness in the provision of the basic needs to ensure the people remain at home for safety likewise no alternative measures to ensure learners remain in school if schools or learning institutions shall be opened,” the report reads.
The report is titled Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic on Education – Mitigation Measures, Analysis and Recommendations on Reopening of Schools, Colleges & Universities and dated May 27.
The report focuses on strategies to reopen learning institutions.
The report is part of presentation to a nine-member team to craft a road map on the possible resumption of school operations.
The report conjoins the University Academic Staff Union, Kenya Human Rights Commission, Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists & Doctors Union (KMPDU), Forum for African Women Educationalists – Kenya and Elimu Tuitakayo Network.
A study in the report that sought to establish what needs to be put in place before reopening examination classes (Standard 8 and Form 4), shows only 10 per cent of its respondents supported the KCPE, KCSE exams being done as per the current schedule.
Twenty per cent indicated that exams should be done towards the end of the year, that is late November to early December 2020.
The majority, 70 per cent indicated a need to postpone examinations to January to April 2021.
According to the report, recommendations from health experts through the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) cautioned that care should be taken when dealing with reopening of schools.
The doctors’ union also recommends the government do mass testing for all students and teachers of boarding schools before reopening .
It also suggests day schools resume half day with half the group learning in the morning and another half in the afternoon.
It also recommends that hand washing basins be installed in each classroom and sessions of hand washing be introduced before and after each lesson.
They also advise an elaborate and solid plan on occupational safety and health assessment for all schools be put in place.
It also calls for the periodic risk assessment of the teachers based on the WHO guidelines for risk assessment for health care workers.