Wednesday June 24, 2020 – Education CS, George Magoha, has announced a number of protocols to be observed after the reopening of schools in September 2020.

Speaking during a tour of Kilifi County, the CS directed that the maximum number of learners in a classroom would be between 15 and 20.

This move was to help enact the directives by the Ministry of Health of a 1.5 metres social distance to help curb the spread of the Covid19 virus.

He further announced that teachers will be expected to report to their schools two weeks before the reopening date and that each learner to be provided with two masks.

All schools will also be equipped with thermo guns to aid in determining the temperatures of all individuals who will be seeking access to learning institutions.

However, it is not clear whether more teachers will be hired after the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) boss, Wilson Sossion, argued that the reopening plan will be unsuccessful if a deficit of 400,000 teachers was not covered for the new teacher-student ratio to be implemented. 

The teachers’ Secretary General was of the opinion that all teachers hired by school boards be absorbed by TSC to boost the numbers.

The union was also concerned with the safety of the teachers it represents urging the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to suspend its delocalisation policy arguing that for safety to prevail, teachers should be posted in schools next to their places of residence.

He noted that this will limit movement, especially in rural areas, in which teachers use public transport every weekend to spend time with their families.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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