Cabinet Secretary of education prof. Magoha has hinted that the schools are likely to open earlier than January 2021, owing to declining number of coronavirus cases.
The CS was speaking in Migori County where he toured institutions to assess their preparedness, said if the trend continues and the curve flattens, then his ministry will take another look at the academic calendar.
“You’re aware the virus is starting to look like it is going to stagnate…we’re saying should the situation change, we shall be ready and willing to look at the scenario once again in the interest of our children,” said Prof. Magoha.
Magoha however insisted that reopening of schools will only be possible when the the situation is safe and where positively masks will be provided.
“As far as the government is concerned, ours is to open the learning institutions like yesterday…the bottom-line is our children should be reasonably safe when they return. We’re doing everything possible including ensuring that water sources and sanitizers are available… we’re even in the process of providing masks where it’s possible.”
Magoha’s statement comes barely a dare after he criticized WHO and UNICEF.
Last week WHO, urged countries to move with speed and open schools citing that kids were going through hell at home and that opening schools could alleviate the pain and psychological torture they are experiencing.
While hitting back at WHO, Prof. Magoha described the directive from WHO as an attempt to turn Africans into guinea pigs.