The Ministry of Education will develop a piece of prototype furniture to be used in schools when classes resume.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha who was in the coastal region to inspect preparedness of learning institutions ahead of January 2021 resumption said the government will spend Ksh 1.9 billion for the new desks that will comply with the COVID-19 protocols by the Ministry of Health.
According to the ministry the desks will be locally assembled by artisans in the counties and should be ready ahead of reopening of schools.
Magoha also said the designs of the new desks have taken into consideration the safety measures of learners as Kenyans in the new normal era.
To actualize the change of sitting agreements in schools, the CS said education stakeholders will have a meeting this coming Friday to deliberate further on new modalities for reopening learning institutions.
This comes shortly after the Education CS said that schools would remain closed until the country’s coronavirus curve flattened as per the World Health Organization’s standard.
Magoha argued that it would be unrealistic to gamble with the lives of Kenyan students.
At the same time he regrettably noted that only two TVET institutions countrywide had met the laid down protocols for gradual reopening.
According to the CS, some institutions do not have enough thermo guns while others have not put in place measures to ensure that students maintain social distance.
The CS reiterated that consultations among key stakeholders, including parents and teachers’ unions, are all in agreement that schools can only re-open once the COVID-19 curve is flattened.
The CS criticized those pushing for re-opening of schools citing ignorance on their part.