“We don’t want to risk the lives of our children by not observing all the health protocols announced by the government, let them be safe now at home until when the disease will be handled,” insisted Magoha.

All learning institutions will reopen in January 2021 after the Corona virus pandemic would have reduced.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha says that the government will not risk the lives of learners by reopening schools in September 2020.

Speaking at Bungoma DEB primary school in Kanduyi constituency on August 20 when he toured the school to check on preparedness on handling Covid-19 before reopening, Magoha stated that from his visit to a number of schools across the country, majority of them are ill equipped.

He said that he toured the school owing to its huge population to see how they are prepared for reopening and the challenges they are facing but he wasn’t contented with it.

“This school has a big population of pupils over 3,000 and it will be difficult to handle the corona menace now, the school has few classrooms and it will be difficult to control the 1.5 metres sitting arrangements, the school also doesn’t have enough chairs for learners to use when having lunch,” he said.

Magoha also assured the school Principal Tobias Khisa that the ministry will construct four classrooms after providing Sh2 million and will provide other funds through the stimulus package to buy chairs and desks.

The CS also asked Kanduyi Mp Wafula Wamunyinyi to build two other classrooms through CDF to make them six so that to reduce congestion among students in each classroom.

The education standard guidelines state that 40 learners should occupy each classroom but in case of Bungoma DEB primary there are 150 pupils per class.

“As a ministry we will open the schools in January 2021 when the disease would have reduced and the social distance will no longer be a challenge but I must insist that face masks will be a must for all students, the government will provide two masks for each student and parents must buy one to make them three,” said Magoha.

He added that all schools should have put up measures including having hand washing containers and enough rooms to handle students well.

“We don’t want to risk the lives of our children by not observing all the health protocols announced by the government, let them be safe now at home until when the disease will be handled,” insisted Magoha.

Kenyan learning institutions were closed in March 2020 following the widespread of Covid-19 which created fear that if they (students) continue mingling it can cause more deaths.

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