Magoha bans media from visiting schools to curb Covid and exam cheating

Magoha bans media from visiting schools to curb Covid and exam cheating

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha says the government is doing enough for learners in the country, calling on the media to focus on the brighter side.

The Cabinet Secretary took on the media for not doing enough to project the positive image of the ministry and only focusing on challenges.

The CS asked journalists to report on all aspects regarding full resumption of learning in Educational institutions in ways that will help learners to settle down with hope.

Prof. Magoha accused the media of demonizing him instead of working closely with the ministry to encourage learners during these challenging times.

Prof. Magoha speaking while at a breakfast meeting with journalists Wednesday said that with the pandemic having taken a toll on the education sector, media should be in the frontline in encouraging leaners to enable the society to have an easier time in dealing with the challenges.

According to the CS the government is doing enough to address issues of infrastructure in schools, saying 15 billion shillings has been set aside for maintenance of schools.

While reiterating that social distancing in schools shall remain the biggest challenge, the CS was categorical the schools shall be a no go zone for outsiders including the media, terming the measure as crucial with the KCSE exams around the corner.

At the same time, Magoha banned the from visiting schools as part of measures to ‘curb exam cheating’ and spread of Covid-19.

“I want to persuade you, ladies and gentlemen, that you will most kindly keep away from schools. Not completely, because I have a team out there and they have the capacity to carry the media into schools so that they are your chaperons. This is because the examination matter is a very serious matter. Now that our children are going to be doing their exams in less than eight weeks, no visitors will be allowed in learning institutions” stated the CS.

According to Prof Magoha, the directive to bar visitors from schools was also issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta and it has to be implemented by both the Ministry and school administrators.

Meanwhile, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi however says the ministry has put in measures for psychosocial support for learners and teachers.

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