More than 50,000 students in private schools could be in trouble, as their institutions may not be able to reopen as the long Covid-19 pandemic-forced holiday is about to end.
Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndoro revealed on Wednesday, 23rd September, that nearly 51,000 students would be stranded due to the early reopening of schools.
Ndoro said that a number of schools had written, informing the association of their inability to reopen due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Monday, 21st September, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia instructed teachers to go back to school in readiness for reopening.
The private schools have stated that they are not able to comply with the Education guidelines and Ministry of Health protocols ahead of reopening of learning institutions.
Ndoro said: “So far, from the statistics that we have, 191 private schools with about 51,000 students have indicated that they will not be able to reopen when learning resumes.”
The KPSA chief said that some of the school owners have had to switch to other businesses to shield themselves from the effects of Covid-19 on finance.
Ndoro explained that the schools were not in a position to implement the protocols because of financial difficulties.
“This is because they do not have the money to put up the infrastructure that is required for the management of Covid-19.”
However, he was optimistic that the government would consider including the private schools in its economic stimulus package for schools.
KPSA was working with the schools facing challenges to ensure that learners get transferred to other institutions.