The Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha on November 2nd talked about a possibility of reopening schools for more other learners in primary and secondary institutions. This comes as the government tries to implement the phased reopening plan.
More learners could be called to return to class as early as next week.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will be chairing a national consultative meeting for governors and other stakeholders on 4th November, which will kick-start consensus building on reopening for additional classes.
“There is consultation at every level of government and as you are aware President Uhuru Kenyatta will engage governors and other stakeholders on November 4,” stated Magoha.
“We shall then decide when to call our own internal stakeholders so that we make a decision for children who are at home,” said Magoha.
Magoha argued that children are safer in school than they are at home. He also added that most parents have endorsed reopening of schools for the rest of classes.
(Unicef) and Amref Health Africa have also supported reopening of schools for the rest of learners.
On the other hand, Dr Amoth who is the technical adviser to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, said that the economic loss of keeping learners at home longer will be too huge for the country to bear. He also noted that other countries in eastern, central and southern Africa, which had closed their schools at the same time with Kenya, had reopened.