COVID-19: Magoha trashes WHO directive on reopening schools, asks parents to be patient

Magoha Education

Education CS Prof. George Magoha has said the Ministry is still waiting for further advice from the Health counterpart on the behavior of the coronavirus to make concrete decisions on re-opening.

“More than 100,000 schools remain closed across the country, but the decision to reopen them lies with President Uhuru, he is the one to decide whether he can take the risk,” Prof. Magoha said.

He allayed fears that teachers not registering for community learning will be punished through denial of salaries adding that the exercise is voluntarily.

Magoha said that teachers with clinical problems will not be allowed to participate in community learning programme. Magoha, community learning will not take place in schools, but in the community where pupils and teachers stay in the same locality.

Magoha said that community teaching will not syllabus based and rubbished those against the exercise as malicious people with little interest for the Kenyan child.

He blamed World Health Organization (WHO) for double standards saying that on one hand the organization is asking countries to follow protocols and on the other hand it is asking African counties to open schools.

“Others who have rushed have had to walk backwards, look at South Africa and America, kids have died, over 100,000 kids got infected in the US when they reopened, we do not want that,” he added.