Magoha Issues a new directive on school reopening in January

  • In the new directive issued on Thursday 6th, CS Magoha directed that all leaarning institutions being used as quarantine facilities will have to be fumigated a month before the official opening of the 1st term.

The education CS Professor George Magoha has come up with a new directive a head of school reopening in January  2021.

In the new directive issued on Thursday 6th, CS Magoha directed that all educational institutions being used as quarantine facilities will have to be fumigated a month before the official opening of the 1st term.

The period is to allow ample time for the schools to be fumigated in readiness for school reopening come January 2021.

On July 27, president Kenyatta while addressing the nation had announced plans to temporarily convert sports stadia, education institutions, and other government facilities Covid-19 isolation centres.

“Any government institutions, including all sporting facilities, stadiums, education institutions and other government facilities upon designation by the Cabinet Secretary for Health as a public health facility, shall be availed to the Ministry of Health for isolation and quarantine purposes.” the president stated.

School in session
A caption of Pupils attending a school parade.

Following the postponement of academic calendar to January 2021, various educational centres continues to be used as Quarantine facilities and as the Covid-19 cases continues to rise, the Ministry of health if facing a challenge accommodating the surging numbers in the hospitals.

In his public address, CS Magoha stated that they will make sure that all the facilities used as isolation centres are thoroughly fumigated towards the end of September. He further stated that this is part of the outlined plan they arrived at together with the Ministry of health.

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“We shall make sure that those institutions are thoroughly fumigated and tested the way we do in medical practice which means we shall dust certain areas and see whether there is anything else, so that is the least of my worries,” Magoha explained.

All learning institutions were closed in March when the first Coronavirus case was announced in the country. Various plans to have schools reopen for the second term and third term respectively were thwarted due to unpreparedness by educational institutions to put in place safety measures for learners.

The education CS had anticipated for a two week of non Covid-19 report case across the country before reopening of schools. But the daily rising of cases prompted the CS to call 2020 as a lost academic year.

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