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Schools could open in November – Says MAGOHA

Some schools may reopen in November and the Ministry of Education will tomorrow start training heads of basic and higher learning institutions on health guidelines in preparation for reopening.

Sources in the ministry say that schools may have a phased reopening by November, allowing Form Four and Standard Eight students back to school.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said only three technical and vocational colleges were ready for reopening in line with the Covid-19 protocols. These include Rift Valley Institute, Eldoret and the Nyeri Polytechnic.

Five other institutions have made progress, he said. 


“Institutions must ensure no one enters any facility without having sanitised. This is why sufficient water points have to be put up. There should be someone to ensure social distance is observed in the dining halls and if that is not possible, the table arrangement must be changed,” Prof Magoha said.

Regional, county and sub-county education directors have been undergoing a similar training since Monday last week. Ministry of Education Director General Elyas Abdi opened the training in Mombasa and has been engaging the county directors virtually.

On Friday, Mr Abdi opened a regional education meeting in Lagdera and Balambala sub-counties in Garissa County to assess preparedness in schools there. Ministry officials, including the director of secondary education Paul Kibet and director policy and partnership Dr Silvester Mulambe, have also been going around the country to train.

Mr Abdi said the training should also cover college principals across the country.

Education staff in Western Kenya held their training on Friday while those in the Nyanza region will hold theirs tomorrow. Other teachers are expected to be trained before end of this month.

Tambua Africa Reporter

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