Education cabinet secretary Prof George Magoha has hinted of a possible school reopening earlier than 2021, if the latest Covid -19 infection trends is anything to go by.
He reiterated on the ministries commitment to ensure learning institutions readiness to uphold the strict Covid -19 protocols aimed at preventing the spread of the highly infectious virus among students before issuing reopening orders
“You’re aware the virus is starting to look like it is going to stagnate. We’re saying should the situation change, we shall be ready and willing to look at the scenario once again in the interest of our children.
As far as the government is concerned, ours is to open the learning institutions like yesterday. We’re doing everything possible including ensuring that water sources and sanitisers are available. We’re even in the process of providing masks where it’s possible.”
His remarks in Migori contradicts his earlier sentiments where he claimed that only president Uhuru Kenyatta can declare when schools will open while on an inspection tour of learning facilities in Kitale.
Prof. Magoha had also dismissed calls from other quotas who had urged reopening claiming those were cartels who wanted to continue trading with school.
“We are aware that these cartels want us to reopen schools for them to continue trading with heads. They should stop persuading us because we know their greedy agenda.
“These brokers are doing everything possible to have the schools reopened. These greedy people are using media to propel their agenda and I’m telling them to stop wasting time because their agenda will not succeed,” he further stated.
The CS had also termed a report by WHO and UNICEF that advised schools to reopen terming it as a double standards report, according to him it contradicts the the WHO recommendations and protocols in managing the spread of covid-19.
The developments follows the increased pressure on the president to reopen the economy fully.