Education CS George Magoha has alerted parents to prepare themselves for earlier school resumption dates if the Coronavirus (Covid-19) curve flattens in the next two or three weeks. He said the re-opening of schools is not cast in any stone and might re-open this year anytime.
He spoke in Wote Technical Training College in Makueni County on Friday, August 28 while assessing the level of preparedness of the college.
George Magoha stated that the Covid-19 committee will meet to prepare new reopening dates if the curve flattens in a fortnight or three weeks.
“We are observing the curve and when it hits 5% in the next three weeks, we then can sit down and make hard decisions together.
“We really must get our children to schools. We want to see whether we can reopen earlier and conditions will determine,” Magoha alerted.
The Education CS further criticized technical and vocational training institutions countrywide for not hastening and preparing themselves for resumption.
He urged institution heads to turn to Kazi Mtaani youth to prepare schools as they offered cheap labour rather than having schools incur extra costs.
Magoha also disclosed that he was working in tandem with his Interior Ministry colleague Fred Matiang’i to curb corruption against public resources designated towards reopening of schools.
“We are creating a system where every public secondary school gets between 50 and 100 desks. However, we are going to implement this with the help of the Interior Ministry to ensure no public money is lost and also have onboard all youth leaders in every sub-county,” the CS stated.
The CS is under pressure from Parliament, the World Health Organization and a section of education stakeholders to reopen schools before September 2020