Kenya marked a special Madaraaka day led by president Uhuru Kenyatta. The usual colorful Madaraka day celebrations did not happen today over fears of coronavirus infections. The event took place at state house which also saw the deputy president, William Ruto, attending amid speculations.
While issuing his Madaraka day speech the president gave directives that could see schools reopening soon.
The president said he is concerned over learners longer stay at home which seems to be overburdening parents .
In his speech he directed the ministry of education to fast track and finalize ongoin consultations with all stakeholders to provide a calendar for the gradual resumption of education in the country.
“I appreciate the anxiety weighing heavy on the minds of parents and children – particularly those preparing for the national examinations. I share the heavy hearts of all the faithful who can no longer congregate and share in worship of The Almighty.In that regard, and conscious of the emerging trend of infections, I direct as follows:That the Ministry of Education fast-tracks and finalizes the ongoing consultations with the stakeholders that will provide an appropriate calendar for gradual resumption of education in the country. The guidelines should also include protocols to be followed by all learning institutions to guarantee the safety of our children.” said the president.