The Covid-19 pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 13 principals since the reopening of schools began in early October.
This announcement was made today by the Kenya Secondary School Association (Kessha) through a press conference. The body noted that the surging cases in learning institutions will negatively impact the academic programs.
However, Kessha’s chair Kahi Indimuli did not disclose the identity of the affected schools for fear of discrimination and stigmatization. He called for strict adherence to the Covid-19 containment measures to ensure smooth resumption of learning activities.
He made these sentiments following the announcement by the the Cabinet Secretary for Education Mr. Magoha that schools will reopen on 4th January. As things stand, school reopening has posed a major challenge to many institutions.
Just recently, the principal for Tononoka high school succumbed to Coronavirus after displaying Covid-19 symptoms. On the same note, the principal of Oyugi Ogango Martha Ouma also passed on today leaving her students in shock.
Just yesterday, a form four student from Mumias, Kakamega county died of Coronavirus as ten others tested positive. Clearly, school reopening has come with its fair share of challenges with the government finding it difficult to contain the virus.
“Parents should be vigilant. We advise you to ensure children get used to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.” said Indimuli.
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The Machakos Boys Principal added that Covid-19 should be contained in time to avoid disrupting learning after reopening. With the increasing infections and deaths hitting the school stakeholders, it remains uncertain whether the schools will reopen in January 2020 as announced by the education Cabinet Secretary.
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