MAGOHA: TEACHERS CAN PREPARE TO RESUME DUTY IN THEIR VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS; SCHOOLS’ REOPENING NEWS
Education cabinet secretary professor George Magoha has today confirmed what many Kenyans have been anticipating-a phased reopening of schools.
This is after the CS stated categorically that the curve is flattening hence teachers can start preparing themselves to report back to their institutions when they will be notified soon.
According to Magoha, teachers should get ready as the education ministry prepares to receive the report on Monday from a task force established earlier this week to look into the level of preparedness of schools and other learning institutions.
He said this as he was addressing the media today after assessing the level of preparedness of the Mawego Technical Training Institute in Homa Bay County.
“From what I have observed, the curve is flattening and as a ministry, we are in the process of relooking at our systems so that we can get ready.
The report for technical and vocational institutions is ready and on Monday we will wait to receive the other reports from the taskforce and take them to another level for consideration before a concrete decision can be made,” said the CS.
“Teachers can therefore start to prepare to report back to their schools to make them habitable before students report. And at that time, we will have phased reopening with priority given to exam classes. In fact, technical colleges are likely to reopen soon,” added Magoha.
Meanwhile, school desks worth Kshs 1.9 billion are being locally assembled countrywide. This follows President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the Kshs 1.9 billion school furniture project that will see the local artisans supply 650, 000 locally assembled desks.
The project aims at boosting the Jua Kali sector and serve as a stimulus package. Speaking at Umoja Estate in Nairobi county during the launch of the project, the president said the project is modeled on the ongoing Kazi Mtaani youth empowerment project.
“After the Kazi Mtaani program, we have said instead of school desks being assembled by giant companies, we give our youth the opportunity to exercise their skills. We believe in individuals earning from their sweat and hence we decided to give our skilled youth the opportunity to earn decent livelihoods,” said the President.