He said that the majority of students are not connected to electricity and the technology hence casting the programme in a limbo.

By Porcupine Wanjekeche

Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka has said the fate of school reopening is uncertain and depended on the health situation in the country due to the corona Virus pandemic.

While speaking in a live radio show on Sulwe FM owned by Royal Media Services, Lusaka said the pandemic has affected key sectors of the economy as well as education sector which is in a complete lockdown.

He rubbished off the online learning programme by the ministry of education terming it as unrealistic and impractical.

“Lets not cheat ourselves that the ministry is in a position to effect the online learning to students and pupils in the country. “,said Lusaka.

He said that the majority of students are not connected to electricity and the technology hence casting the programme in a limbo.

“If you go to my village many families are still using kerosene lamps. How will they acess computers and connect to internet to learn?’, he questioned.

Lusaka said that the ministry should relook at rescheduling school calendar to accommodate the drastic changes caused by the pandemic.

‘I am of the opinion that those institutions of higher learing should consider embracing technology to allow students graduate using virtual technology to allow them transition to the next level “,he added.

He said that by doing so the students will not be blocked from employment opportunities that may arise at post pandemic era.

However, Lusaka said that experts project that the pandemic might prevail to September hence causing dire economic wounds to the economy.

He said that the Bukusu cultural circumsion that is always conducted after every two years might have a halt due to the situation hence altering the cultural pattern.

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