Rest of learners to resume school in January

CS for Education Prof George Magoha, chats with a pupil at Olympic Primary school while monitoring the reopening of schools. /file

The rest of the learners who were expected to go back to school from next week will now resume their classes in January.

Speaking at State House in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said those currently in school i.e grade 4, class 8 and form 4 will, however, continue with their classes.

“With respect to the examination classes that have already resumed learning, I hereby order that they continue with their learning and examination preparations but under heightened health safety measures,” said President Kenyatta.

“And we’ll also order all basic education classes resume in-person learning in January of 2021.

In order to foster the state’s preparedness towards the reopening of all classes in our learning institutions in January, the President urged Members of Parliament to engage their respective NGAF and CDF boards with a view of finding ways to augment existing interventions that are geared towards the reopening of schools.

“I urge them to make investments that focus on additional handwashing points in our schools, on the provision of face masks to our children on general sanitization in our schools as well as the physical distancing of students and teachers.,” he said.

This comes just a few hours after Voi Primary School in Taita Taveta was closed and more than 300 pupils sent home after three teachers tested positive for the disease, and just a day after 52 students, four teachers and two staff from Kolanya Boys Secondary school tested positive for the disease.