Schools to increase boarding capacity, says CS Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha

Schools will have to increase the boarding capacity of students when they re-open, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has said.

Magoha said this will enhance implementation of social distancing rules to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in schools when education resumes.

“We have to increase physical space, you will find two or three double beds carrying six children. If we apply the social distancing rules only two will be accommodated,” said CS Magoha.

He said that boarding schools in the country make up about 35% of schools.

He was speaking on Monday during the opening COVID-19 virtual conference that brought together stakeholders to reflect on the country’s response to the pandemic.

CS Magoha said that the decision to re-open schools will happen if the Education Ministry guarantees the safety of students and teachers.

The Ministry of Education has put in place guidelines in readiness for school resumption with the CS saying that students will have to wear masks all the time.

The Education CS hinted that schools might re-open earlier due to students waiting to sit for their national exams.

Early this month, CS Magoha had said that schools might re-open before 2021 if the curve of the COVID-19 is flattened.

The CS maintains that the Government’s earlier position of re-opening schools in January 2021 still stands.

Meanwhile, the Government has mapped out all schools to find out which have proper water storage facilities.

He said that a number of schools had made reasonable strides to provide facilities for washing hands and sanitizers.


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