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Friday June 26, 2020 – Education CS George Magoha has advised President Uhuru Kenyatta against reopening schools when Coronavirus cases are on an upward trend.

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

The CS raised this concern during a virtual meeting with Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Governors yesterday.

“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.

Uhuru had directed him to prepare a new school calendar to be released by mid-August 2020 as schools were scheduled to reopen on September 1st

Magoha had earlier announced a raft of measures stipulated to guide the reopening of schools.

He directed that the maximum number of learners in a classroom will be between 15 and 20 with a 1.5-metre social distance. 

He further announced that teachers will be expected to report to their schools two weeks before the reopening date and that each learner will be provided with two masks and national exams may be taken in April 2021. 


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