Kuppet Press Statement: Making schools ready for reopening

Kuppet Press Statement: Making schools ready for reopening

PRESS STATEMENT 29TH  SEPTEMBER 2020

MAKING SCHOOLS READY FOR RE-OPENING

Education  stakeholders  fully support  President Kenyatta’s  statement to the  nation yesterday Whereas many Kenyans  were expecting  the President to announce a date for the re-opening of schools.

His statement addressed the  health concerns that all parents, teachers and  learners  have about  the capacity of our schools  to cope with COVID-19.

The import of the President’s statement  was that schools would only re-open  once the government enacts safeguards to protect learners and teachers from COVID-19, As  a   union,  this  is  the position  we  support.

Last  week  ago,  after  the Cabinet Secretary  for  Education,  Prof  George  Magoha,  called teachers  to  their  work stations, we urged the government to remit the capitation funds to  schools for the development of  infrastructure, including the  improvement  of  classrooms, sanitation  facilities,  dormitories  and creation  of  isolation  rooms  to  manage emergencies, among others.

KUPPET believes  that the Ministry  of  Education has the financial resources to enhance  the  safety  in  our schools.

On the minimum, every  school  must have sufficient learning spaces allowing social distancing, water for sanitation, isolation wards for holding suspected cases  pending  medical examination,  and counseling services. The government should also provide at least three re-usable facemasks to all learners.

In compliance  with the President’s directive, we urge the Cabinet Secretary  to immediately establish  a  criteria of assessing schools on readiness to re-open for learning under Ministry of Health protocols for the containment of COVID-19,

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