Re-opening schools in January still remains, says CS Magoha

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CS Magoha
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has said that schools will open in January 2021 or earlier if the COVID-19 curve flattens.

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The CS spoke on Sunday while he accompanied Health CS made the Mutahi Kagwe on a tour to Kisumu to check the County’s preparedness.

“The issue of re-opening schools in January still remains,” said Prof Magoha.

“The provision of re-opening schools in January was not cast on concrete. Should the position change at any time, nothing stops us from re-looking at the time table from coming backwards or forwards,” He added.

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CS Magoha said the decision not to allow learners in school was to protect them from the deadly disease.

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CS Magoha refuted claims of schools been closed indefinitely asking the media to report to ensure that all citizens are well informed.

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The Education CS noted that the youth have taken a laidback approach to COVID-19 warning that children can be super-spreaders of the disease were they to contract COVID-19 hence the need to protect them by closing the schools.

Prof. Magoha urged parents to continue guiding children who are currently in their custody as learning institutions are all closed.

The CS called on Kenyans to change the way they view cultural practices including burials noting that it is dangerous to keep a body of a person who has died of Covid-19 overnight at home.

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“We must change the way we bury our dead. God says let the dead bury themselves but Kenyans will say that let us bury our people. All this insistence of having bodies staying overnight in houses is time bad and that we should bury according to protocols provided to us,” Magoha said.

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