Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe and his Education counterpart George Magoha have hinted out the possibility of postponing the reopening of schools that was scheduled for Monday, May 10, 2021.
Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV on Monday, April 26, 2021, CS Kagwe stated that they were analysing the Covid-19 positivity rate in the country.
He added that they would make an informed decision on whether to reopen schools or not after they are assured of the safety of parents and students.
“If the positivity rate rises and parents and students are put at risk, then we will be forced to postpone (reopening). There is no way we are going to risk the lives of our children at one time.
“Reopening of schools is particularly of concern and we are going to keep an eye on developments. In the meeting we had, we were briefed well by CS Magoha. We are confident that they (Ministry of Education) are taking sufficient steps at the moment and facing the pandemic in a better manner,” Kagwe stated.
Kagwe noted that the main challenge of fighting Covid-19 in schools is not the students rather the school workers and teachers.
He further revealed that they have vaccinated a number of teachers and this would help in preventing the spread of the virus in the institutions.
“The main threat when it comes to schools is not the students. The challenge is the school workers and teachers. We have carried out vaccination on teachers and we are confident that we can still man the pandemic.
“It is a fluid situation and decisions will be made as we watch them and evolve them,” the Health CS said.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha had asked all students and parents to prepare for the school reopening.
Magoha stated that students would most likely be required to return to school on Monday, May 10, 2021 as was scheduled.
“The timetable remains as we had decided earlier in the year and by the grace of God, children will come to school at the time we said they should come to school,” Magoha stated.