Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha has today said that teachers should start preparing to report to their schools as the ministry prepares to receive the report on Monday from a taskforce established earlier this week to look at preparedness of learning institutions.
Addressing the media today after assessing the preparedness of Mawego Technical Training Institute in Homabay County, the CS said that from his personal observation, Covid-19 curve has started to flatten.
“From what I have observed, the curve is flattening and as a ministry we are in the process of relooking at our systems so that to get prepared. The report for technical and vocational institutions is ready and on Monday we will wait to receive the other reports from the taskforce and take them to another level for consideration before a concrete decision can be made,” Prof Magoha said.
“Teachers can start to prepare to report back to their schools to make them habitable before students report. And at that time, we will have phased re-opening with priority given to exam classes. In fact technical colleges are likely to re-open soon,” he said.
The CS commended the management and Board of Mawego TTI for transforming the institution within a very short time to make it one of the few institution ready to re-open.
On Monday the CS had said the decision on when public schools will reopen will be known after a mega stakeholders meeting on September 25th.
Addressing a press conference outside the Kenya Insitute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, the CS stated that there was still a need for more consultations among the key players in the education sector.
“We have looked at all aspects and we, as stakeholders, have come to a consensus that indeed it is time to relook this process (the reopening of schools). The doctors have told us the curve is flattening and so we should be prepared,” he said.
The college has completely turned around the institution paving all walkways with cabro bricks, placed digital thermo-guns and handwashing machines and sanitisers in all entry points and walkways.
They have also tiled all the floors in classrooms, dining halls, hostels, kitchen, offices and workshops. One of the main walkway traversing the college the well done tarmack has been laid by the students.
The function was attended by Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti and his deputy, the Principal Secretary Dr Julius Jwan and TVET Authority Director General Dr Kipkirui Langat.
The governor requested the CS to consider the Board request to have the institution upgraded to National Polytechnic.
However, the CS said the ministry will look at the quality assurance report and make a decision on merit.