CS MAGOHA’S FINAL SHOCKING REMARKS ON REOPENING OF SCHOOLS, KCSE & KCPE NATIONAL EXAMS, READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW
After he received the covid-19 education committee’s interim report on Friday at the KICD headquarters, CS Magoha threw Kenyans into deeper confusion following his statement on school’ reopening.
Many Kenyans were looking forward to a more specific tentative date for reopening learning institutions in Kenya.
While receiving the report, he declared that the reopening of schools and other learning institutions in Kenya will not be a switch-on-switch-off affair. It will be a cautious, methodical process based on evidence of safety from the Ministry of Health.
SARA RUTO-LED INTERIM COMMITTEE’S FULL REPORT ON SCHOOLS’ REOPENING
The education interim committee presented its findings and recommendations to Education CS Professor Magoha on Friday containing views of various education stakeholders on how best we can reopen schools in Kenya.
The report contains recommendations on the possible mitigation measures that can ensure the safety of learners and teachers in schools once schools reopen.
TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE REPORT, CLICK HERE
The Ministry of Education’s next step is to review the report before advising the nation about the term dates and academic calendar.
CS MAGOHA’S FINAL REMARKS ABOUT SCHOOL’S REOPENING
“The Ministry wishes to note that the covid 19 situation has become worse at a time when the committee just concluded collecting views from education stakeholders. The infections have hit three-digit figures this week.
Further, the Ministry has projected that coronavirus infections are likely to hit a peak in August-September 2020. The MOE does not take these projections for granted, especially now that more than 350 schools are currently being used as coronavirus quarantine and isolation centers.
The impact of this is that Kenyans should be aware that painful, but necessary decisions will be based on evidence gathered from the Ministry of Education from time to time.
All stakeholders should, therefore, be prepared to face the harsh reality of a likely extended closure of our schools given that the government will never sacrifice the health of our children at the expense of an education that can be offered at a later time when their safety is guaranteed.
Henceforth, the MOE will focus on coming up with strong mitigation measures that will be required in schools once they reopen based on the recommendations of the committee and those provided by the Ministry of Health. As such, the ministry will desist from focusing on school reopening dates and instead give priority to putting solid mitigation measures for the sector ecosystem since the reopening of schools will not be a switch-on-switch-off affair.
Going forward, the ministry wishes to urge parents, guardians, and caregivers to continue guiding their children as they learn from home, including supervising their formal learning through broadcast, online learning currently being aired by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, KICD.”
The CS promised to continue updating the country from time to time on matters education based on the evidence collected by the Ministry of Health.
He also noted that all no rash decisions will be made in as far as schools’ reopening is concerned. All decisions will be made while giving priority to the health and safety of learners, teachers and subordinate staff.