Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has given yet another firm indication that schools may reopen soon.
The CS was speaking in Homa Bay on Friday, 18th September, while inspecting Mawego Technical Training Institute in Rachuonyo North.
He said the government would next week give direction on when learning will resume.
“We have not decided when schools will reopen. We are now relooking at our system.”
Magoha’s announcement comes in the wake of declining Covid-19 infections.
“We shall meet as education stakeholders and decide when will be reopening. We will then take the final report to another layer of government, which I shall not mention,” he said, alluding to the presidency.
Magoha then directed teachers to prepare and “make the schools conducive and habitable” for the students’ return.
The Education CS, who is a medical doctor, said the Covid-19 curve was gradually flattening, and this could lead to schools reopening in late this year.
“I am not speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, but I can authoritatively say that the Covid-19 curve is flattening. Let teachers prepare to go back to school so that pupils can resume learning as soon as possible.”
However, a section of teachers have opposed the proposed reopening of schools.
The chairman of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA), Kahi Indimuli, said that the ministry’s failure to release funds had left schools unprepared for this.
Supporting Indimuli’s position, the secretary-general of the Kenya Union Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), Akelo Misori, warned that there would be a disruption of the academic calendar due to poor infrastructure, if schools reopen early.
Magoha had said: “Since the curve of infections is flattening, we are going to open in October because we don’t want to risk the lives of our students. This is why we had thought of reopening schools in January since they are not prepared. We will open soonest that is January but we may open in October.”
As the health protocols were released to the institutions, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia announced that a stakeholders’ meeting would be held to agree on the exact school reopening date.
He said: “The trend with the virus has changed, with fewer infections and so we are optimistic that we may reopen by the end of the year.”