The Ministry of Health has been requested to vacate and fumigate public schools that were used as quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients ahead of the planned reopening of institutions.
Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang has written to his Health counterpart Susan Mochache, requesting the latter to facilitate fumigation of all schools used as quarantine centres.
Dr. Kipsang said that education stakeholders have decided to open institutions earlier than initially projected after noticing that the Covid-19 curve was flattening.
“Arising from the above and aware that the public schools were used both as quarantine and isolation facilities, we are requesting that these schools are vacated and fumigated by September 28, 2020 to enable the heads of schools prepare them for eventual reopening,” said the PS in the letter.
This request follows a directive by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to tutors to report back to school on September 28 to facilitate measures that would ease the reopening of schools.
TSC further directed teachers to ensure thorough cleaning of classrooms, offices, dormitories and all school amenities so as to ensure they’re habitable conditions for learners.
Among the directives given to teachers is to develop innovative strategies designed to offer psychosocial support to learners, parents and other stakeholders.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia, in the circular, further urged teachers to prepare curriculum delivery materials including timetables, schemes of work, lesson plans and related activities.
On the other hand, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has said it was time for children to resume school without giving the exact reopening date.
The CS who spoke after a stakeholders meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to review the reopening plan noted that within one week if all is well, schools could reopen on October 4, 2020, giving an alternate date as October 12 if more preparations are needed.
“On the extreme, the final date of reopening is pegged on October 19, 2020,” he said.
KICD has been providing school programmes via the radio, television and online since students stopped going to classes in March due to Covid- 19.