Magoha: COVID-19 situation to determine re-opening of Schools

Written By: Hunja Macharia

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha says the planned re-opening of schools in January will depend on the Covid-19 situation in the coming months.

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The CS spoke during when he toured Wote Technical Training College in Makueni County to access the level of preparedness of the college.

Magoha said there is no confusion at all on re-opening of schools as purported by some leaders adding that if coronavirus infections continue to lower, the education calendar will commence immediately.

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The CS said they are observing the COVID -19 curve in two to three weeks but clarified that President Uhuru Kenyatta has the final say on re-opening.

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On the level of preparedness among schools and institutions of higher learning, Magoha said it’s unfortunate that a majority of Technical and Vocational Training institutes countrywide have not equipped themselves in readiness for re-opening.

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The CS said the Kazi mtaani programme can be incorporated to enable youth employed on the same to provide labor for various schools to cut down on cost.

He has now urged County Governments to assist institutions in implementing most of the requirements instead of only getting concerned with County Technical Training institutes (CTTIS).

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Magoha said the Ksh 6.5b stimulus package to supporting education in terms of infrastructure will be efficiently utilized, warning those who are awarded tenders to supply desks against inflating costs.

“We are creating a system where every public secondary school gets between 50-100 desks. However, we are going to implement this with the help of the interior ministry to ensure public money is not lost,” he said.

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