In order to re-open schools during the pandemic, the government will have to invest into new infrastructure that will conform with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha has confirmed that the government has set aside Ksh 1.6 billion for the construction of new desks for all primary schools. The new desks will help the pupils to easily social distance.
CS Magoha further said that the government has developed a prototype of the type of desks it wants to be made for the schools and that all the 47 county commissioners had been called to Nairobi to take the design of the prototype to be replicated at the sub-county level.
The desks will be locally assembled by artisans in the counties and should be ready before the reopening of schools. This will help create employment for artisans at the county level as well as ensure children are safe while they seek for education.
To actualize the change of sitting agreements in schools, the CS said education stakeholders will have a meeting this coming Friday to deliberate further on new modalities for reopening learning institutions.
The CS, however, warned the media against ‘misquoting’ him over the statements he made about reopening of schools.
“I will not and shall not say anything with regards to the re-opening of schools because the Fourth Estate has continued religiously to write what I have not said,” he said adding that the misinformation of facts from the media was confusing Kenyans.
He added that when the government closed down the schools after the first case of Covid-19 was reported there was no clear date of reopening due to the pandemic.
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