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Education CS Magoha: President Uhuru to decide when schools will reopen

President Kenyatta will decide and take full responsibility on the appropriate date schools will re-open, Education CS Professor George Magoha has said.

According to the CS, schools will only reopen when adequate preparations have been put in place to ensure full compliance with the guidelines on COVID-19.

He was addressing the media at the Siaya Institute of Technology in Siaya town Wednesday during a tour to gauge the preparedness of the institution to resume learning.

“His Excellency the President is in charge. If all the institutions are ready and the scourge is still on, do we still open schools because people are saying so?” posed the Cabinet secretary adding “ he will decide himself whether he can take the risk and I think you can guess what he is going to do”.

“Over 100,000 schools are still closed countrywide. The decision on whether to reopen the learning institutions lies with President Uhuru. It is upon him to decide whether open or not,” the Education CS said.

Magoha said it was the policy of the government to prioritize the life of the children over education and urged Kenyans not to be in a hurry to expose children to Covid-19.

He said countries that rushed to open institutions of learning such as South Africa and even the United States of America had to close them down to curb the spread.

“When the United States opened schools, another 100,000 children got the infection and in turn infected their parents and the old,” he said adding that Kenyans must live with the fact that opening schools during the pandemic will result into deaths of a number of the children.

“Kenyans are fixed with examinations, forgetting that there is more to learning,” he said adding that it was not possible to have children in schools currently due to the scourge.

He dismissed calls by a section of the citizens demanding that candidates for Kenya certificate of primary education and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary education be allowed back to schools to sit for the examinations.

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