CS George Magoha calls for a crisis meeting for schools to be re-opened

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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha is expected to chair of stakeholders in the education sector to brainstorm on dates and preparations for the reopening of schools.

The meeting, which the CS planned for on September 7 is expected to bring on board all stakeholders to discuss crucial steps to reopen schools before the year ends.

Parents and headteachers expressed their optimism that it is still possible to have the 1.8 million KCPE and KCSE candidates recover lost time and prepare for national examinations early next year.

This comes at a time when the corona-virus cases continue to plummet, making Kenya 4 days away from reaching a 14-day-straight positivity rate of under 5 per cent which will mean the curve will have been flattened.

As part of the preparations for the reopening, the government also set up Sh1.9 billion form the making of desks for primary secondary schools. The government will be spending Sh3,800 per desk and will use Sh1 billion for the furniture in secondary and Sh900 million for primary schools respectively.

During an intergovernmental virtual summit, which was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Magoha also revealed that the government had plans to buy masks for learners and that would cost Sh35 per pair of re-washable masks. But he cautioned that it would cost a lot of money to mask all the learners when schools reopen.

Besides these are Sh15.4 billion expected to help secondary schools to step up the preparation process as well as the recruitment of 10,000 teachers by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to bridge the gap.

Schools will be required to erect tents and convert additional spaces like sheds to be able to be used as classes and boarding areas as the government sprints for the January reopening. Boarding schools will be required to convert their spacious dining halls into dormitories to create additional space for learners.

Schools have also been directed to use the maintenance and improvement vote head received during this year’s First Term to improve facilities. Each institution received about Sh4,000 per student, and it has emerged that some schools have already had their projects approved to start.

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