Cabinet Secretary of Education CS Magoha has announced the reopening of schools.
The issue of when schools will be re-opened has been a hard one. Since schools were closed down six months ago due to the novel corona virus, it has been unclear what would happen to students.
However, in a statement issued on 6th October, CS Magoha said that schools will be reopened on 12th October. So students in Grade 4, class 8, and form 4 are expected to report to school first.
…The broad-based education stakeholder consultations; the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive reopening of schools will commence on Monday…Read the statement issued in part
Also, schools are expected to observe the following rules and regulations to prevent the spread of COVID 19:
Mandatory use of face masks, monitoring of body temperature for all learners, staff and all other persons accessing the school. and hand washing and observance of high levels of hygiene must be observed. But where there is no water, schools have been advised to use sanitizers.
Although physical distancing will remain a challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep to keep any child away from school.
As a result, all schools that had been used a quarantine centers have been fumigated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. And schools that had been designated as quarantine centers but not used, need not be fumigated prior to their reopening.
According to the calendar, term two ends on December 23rd while term three begins in January to March 2021- CS Magoha.