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Friday June 26, 2020 – Deputy President William Ruto has vehemently opposed the planned reopening of schools in September as announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking during a virtual meeting with Uhuru yesterday, DP Ruto and other experts proposed to have only candidates resume school to curb the spread of Coronavirus. 

“We have to fashion ourselves towards the new normal until we have a vaccine.”

“It is too risky to open schools and risk the lives of young Kenyans.”

“Let us look at the possibility of candidates only who number about 1.5 million and open up for them to write exams,” Ruto advised.

His sentiments were shared by Education CS George Magoha who also advised President Uhuru Kenyatta against reopening schools at a time when Coronavirus cases are on an upward trend.

Magoha highlighted that it will be difficult to enforce social distancing in 40,000 schools with a population of over 14 million students.

“I will advise not to open schools when the infections from the disease are rising.”

“We propose that school clusters be attached to a health facility before we can open,” Magoha stated.

Magoha further stated that he had prepared his Ministry in case school resumes on September 1st.

He explained that schools will undergo fumigation, and be provided with clean water alongside offering masks to students. 


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