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Education CS Magoha: Schools may reopen earlier than January 2021

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has hinted at the possibility of a change in school reopening dates as the government monitors the number of COVID-19 infections.

Speaking on Tuesday, CS George Magoha said that the government is ready and willing to change school reopening dates anytime depending on the behavior of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the declining cases of COVID-19 as reported in the country for the past week, CS George Magoha has now hinted that school reopening dates might just be pushed closer than initially projected.

Earlier this month, CS George Magoha had said the decision to allow learners back to school is largely dependent on the Covid-19 curve in the country.

Prof. Magoha, speaking in Migori County where he toured institutions to assess their preparedness, said if the trend continues and the curve flattens, then his ministry will take another look at the academic calendar.

The CS however insisted that the schools will only be reopened once the ministry is sure children will be safe in the institutions upon resumption.

Magoha pointed out the education sector has been held hostage owing to the pandemic but reiterated the government was exploring various options to ensure learning resumes.

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