Thursday August 27, 2020 – Since President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the closure of schools on March 16th, 2020, Education CS George Magoha has been on the spot over pronouncements he has made on critical issues in the Education Ministry.
For a number of times, the CS has said one thing or the other that he has had to retract, confusing both parents and children who are at home and anticipating the re-opening of schools.
In July, the Ministry of Education announced that the 2020 academic year will be considered lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hence, all primary and secondary schools will reopen in January 2021.
Almost two months later, the Ministry changed its stand indicating that schools might resume before January 2021 if the Covid-19 curve flattened.
“I want to state here that on a daily basis we get reports and the position of opening schools in January was not cast on concrete,” Magoha stated.
Hours later, Magoha indicated that powerful forces, including cartels in his Ministry, were behind the pressure to reopen schools before the Covid-19 curve flattens.
“Businesses associated with opening of schools, some small number of private schools, some cartels in my own ministry are behind the narrative that schools must open,” the CS stated during his tour of Kisii County on Tuesday, August 25.
The school re-opening stalemate has attracted the World Health Organisation who have urged African countries to consider re-opening learning institutions arguing that most children were suffering at home.
In response, Magoha told WHO off for what he described as an attempt to turn Africans into guinea pigs.
“Do you think it is our President and his government who have the interests of our children at heart or is it WHO and UNICEF?”
“The same WHO is double-speaking, I am Magoha, son of Magoha and you can take it to the bank.”
“They have given us protocols which apply to everybody else,” Magoha stated.
In late July, the Ministry of Education introduced a community based learning approach with an aim of engaging learners to gain good personal habits, competencies, skills and values.
It was then shot down on Tuesday, August 25th, when the High Court temporarily stopped the Ministry from implementing the community-based learning program.
Justice James Makau made the directive after a parent, James Aura, through his lawyer, filed a petition seeking to bar the CS from executing the program.
“I am hearing a lot of issues regarding the program.”
“If you live in a gated area that has 30 children and there is one teacher there, why are you saying you need PPEs?”
“If you don’t want to teach the children, then don’t.”
“The children belong to you,” Magoha ranted.
The Kenyan DAILY POST