RE: COMMUNICATION TO KPSA MEMBERS ON REOPENING SCHOOLS
On 7th July, 2020 the Cabinet Secretary for Education informed the country that all basic Education institutions will re-open in January of 2021.
However the CS indicated that the decision to reopen schools in 2021 may change subject to reports from the Ministry of Health on flattening of the curve, prevailing circumstances and increasing knowledge on Covid-19.
In the meeting held today chaired by the Education CS, the Education Stakeholders were informed that COVID 19 positivity rate had now been contained to an average of under 5 per cent consistently for two weeks which means that the curve is now flattening.
Consequently the COVID 19 Education response committee has been reactivated to advice government on when and how to reopen schools based on the new developments and information.
The Committee starts its work immediately and is expected to report to the Education stakeholders in a weeks’ time.
As part of the preparations for the reopening of schools, KPSA is advising its members as follows;
1. To ensure availability of the necessary infrastructure to support adequate clean running water.
2. To plan for the provision of adequate liquid soap.
3. To make provision for hand sanitizers to be used where water and soap is not available or as may be recommended.
4. To make provision for compulsory and proper use of face masks or face shield by learners and staff as will be guided by the MoH and MoE.
5. To make provision for Thermo-guns for daily temperature monitoring and record keeping.
6. Adequate provision for Supply of cleaning detergents and disinfectants.
7. To plan for the establishment of covid 19 school surveillance mechanisms.
8. Prepare for Capacity building of all staff and key stakeholders on public health and hygiene protocols to ensure compliance.
Based on the above KPSA will advise/facilitate its member schools on Training, Clustering of schools, Linkage to health facilities, information on recommended covid 19 essential supplies fit for children and is age appropriate.
Based on the advise of the Ministry of health and guided by the decreasing infection rate KPSA remains committed to its proposal for early reopening of schools and transitioning of all learners in 2021.
Our members are therefore guided to prepare accordingly.
Ndoro M. Peter.
Chief Executive Officer.
I think schools should open now
Did the government really issue the money meant to pay private school teachers? I have suffered a lot.
We are not ready for re opening let’s not cheat ourselves….daily testing far too much below..we can’t believe in those numbers Israel has gone back to lockdown.
I think schools should not open now… The reason behind it is they said they will test all teachers and learners which it has not happen, the schools were used as quarantine facilities do you think parents will allow there children to school now?. Are parents ready to pay school fees now? I think they just open in January.
Open school please
Schools to reopen since now the curve is flattened meaning measures which was put in place has been observed well and likelihood this covid -19 will be defeated.schools to reopen as long as measures are considered. Now students at home are iddles and careless not even following given regulations better at schools can be monitored..
Curve NOT flattened Their are no testing kits haphazard opening will lead to school close .lesson learnt from Europe let’s wait and see
Students know what they are supposed to do. Saying they idle is an excuse. Students should know better and obviously they know better. Schools should open next year.
I also don’t think schools should reopen sincerely where will parents Even get the money to pay school fees and as it is it’s already too late ,you can’t say that our children will celebrate December at school,I actually think 2021 is a good idea at least parents would have gotten money to pay fees and they won’t have any stress
No opening of school!!my take!!!
Shool should be open next year
Open schools in 2021. Its more sense to open than open now. For there should only be preparations. Schools should officially open next year. It will be easier and the syllabus won’t be ruined. It will probably cost less if you open next year.
Open next year.