Education Cabinet Secretary Professor Magoha has reiterated that all tutors will undergo Covid-19 testing prior to reopening schools in September.
While advising TTC Principals on measures to take and management of Institutions to control novel coronavirus disease upon reopening, Magoha said the move will be part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
Speaking at Kenya School of Government Embu County while accompanied with education PS Dr. Belio Kipsang, the CS noted that all teachers must be tested before going to class.
“We must test all the teachers before they go to class. They are not many, but if a teacher is Covid-19 positive, he or she has to stay at home, ” the CS said.
Testing of all teachers is welcomed move however it is undoubtedly an uphill task for the government taking into consideration time remaining before the month of September and also the high number of teachers to be tested.
Since the novel coronavirus was confirmed in the country during the month of March, the government has tested 189,263 as at July 5, 2020.
The Ministry has on several occasions hinted on resumption of learning in tertiary institutions starting September as early directed by the head of state.
However, with the ever surging cases of coronavirus in the country, resumption of learning in primary and secondary schools in September has been stuck in limbo.
Late last month CS Magoha advised President Uhuru Kenyatta not to reopen primary and secondary schools when the country is witnessing a surge.
“I will advise not to open schools when the infections from the disease are rising. We propose that school clusters be attached to a health facility before we can open,” Magoha said during a virtual meeting with the Head of State, his deputy William Ruto, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Governors on Thursday, June 25.