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,