During a media briefing on September 21st, the education CS George Magoha confirmed learning institution will reopen on 19th October.
Wilson Sossion the Knut Secretary endorsed the reopening of school countrywide by next month stating that children are safe at school than they are at home. He insisted that teachers should report to school as required by the government adding that they should be ready for much work ahead of the reopening.[, 2]
He urged all academic institutions to receive all students back including the students that fell pregnant in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. He implores teachers to be patient with the scholars and offer psychological help when necessary as they are humans too and prone to mistakes. During his briefing, he offered nutritional support to any pregnant teenager who may be in the need of it.
Mr Sossion asked members to make sure all students no matter their social background and struggles they may have encountered amidst the pandemic to return to school and continue with learning. According to Sossion, once the gender desk is ascertained and recognized, it will get funds and donations to run its daily activities. This initiative is supposed to protect teachers and students against gender-based violence.
On Monday the 21st of September Teachers Service Commission CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia requested teachers to resume school activities after the education stakeholders discussion on the matter confirming the decision in Nairobi at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
She stated that they have carefully looked in the matter as a committee and are now expecting teachers to resume school activities on September 28th, 2020 for earlier preparation of reopening. She confirmed teachers are ready to cover for the lost times since the hit of the Covid-19 pandemic and help set back the academic year that seemed to have been lost.
How parents are Affected by the Sudden Reopening
Things are looking tough for parents around the country as most did not expect the school to reopen as soon as October. Parents will have to shoulder the expenses of protective gear for their kids. Nicholas Maiyo The Kenyan Parents Association Chairman said that the government will not chip in for face mask cost as the Education CS had earlier claimed. Parents are therefore required to buy two reusable masks for their children that will be used throughout the year.
Furthermore, Maiyo cleared the question on school fee payment. He said that parents who had cleared the year’s fees will not be required to make any new payment. Those that had earlier paid a fee for the first term will start with fees on the second term.
The School Calendar
Higher learning institutions are advised to resume all final year students who are unable to do a virtual exam online. Students taking science-based courses are advised to resume school due to the nature of their courses. Dental and medical students have reportedly resumed school since the beginning of the month for face-face learning as they await their final examinations.
Secondary and primary schools teachers are set to report earlier to make them comfortable for learners.The government has plans of releasing ksh15.4 billion to enable pubreopenools to re open.
“Most of them are in bad state. Some have been damaged. However, in cases where some schools are completely damaged, learners have been transferred to other schools,” said Magoha.
The KNUT announced they were forced to review the school calender after the decline of COVID -19 cases. The union is urging the teachers to work harder than before because we are in difficult times we have never been before as a nation and the world at large.