KENYA. Nairobi. Universities, secondary and primary schools and other educational institutes will remain closed in Kenya until further notice by the government. Previously, the schools were going to reopen on 19th October.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday dashed hopes of many Kenyans who thought he would reopen schools. The government instead chose to delay further resumption of physical classes.
While addressing the nation, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said, “Schools will be reopened only after the Health Ministry comes up with proper guidelines for COVID-19. It is important to control the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of the students”. He also urged the students to be patient and not bother about the reopening dates of schools.
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Earlier, the Ministry of Education had instructed teachers to report in schools for the preparation of reopening. Teacher’s union ” Teachers Service Commission” (TSC) had directed all the teachers to report to their respective heads.
President Kenyatta asked the Cabinet Secretary of Education, George Magoha to come up with measures that will ensure the safety of students as they resume learning.
The Kenyan ministry announced 58 new cases of COVID-19 on 28 September 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Kenya is now more than 38,000.
The parents were reluctant to send their kids to schools and colleges as most of the institutes weren’t following the COVID-19 safety guidelines properly. The Kenyan government is now making plans regarding the reopening of the schools.