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Reopening of schools starts with Grade 4, candidates

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The Ministry of Education has asked Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 learners to report to school on Monday as the government starts phased reopening on strict adherence to Covid-19 rules.

Learners, staff and visitors to schools are expected to wear face masks, have their body temperatures checked and wash hands or use sanitisers.

This means that parents will dig deeper into their pockets to cater for the essentials, alongside the cost of books, uniform and transport.

“The Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive reopening of schools will commence with Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 on Monday October 12,” Education cabinet secretary George Magoha said in a statement.

He said that although physical distancing remains a challenge, it should not be used as an excuse to keep learners from school.

The students and pupils will be reporting for their second term which will last for 11 week, followed by a one week break before the third term kicks off in January 2021.

Grade 4 pupils have been recalled because they are the first lot for the competency-based curriculum (CBC).

Prof Magoha said that all schools have been linked to the nearest public health facility ahead of being reopened.

Teachers were ordered back to schools on September 28 to prepare for the opening. Schools have been closed since March to curb spread of Covid-19.

President Uhuru Kenyatta last week directed Prof Magoha to finalise on how schools would reopen safely, saying this would inform the decision on the actual reopening date.

UNICEF Kenya has welcomed the Ministry of Education’s announcement on phased reopening noting that children are safer within schools.

“We know that the longer children are out of school, the greater the risk that the poorest among them will never return. They may be sent off to work, married off too early, or face other risks that can curb their development and well-being,” said Maniza Zaman, UNICEF Representative to Kenya.

Source: Business Daily

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