In today's meeting held by stakeholders and chaired by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Maghoha, was meant to deliberate on schools reopening. Kenyans were eagerly waiting to know the fate of the reopening of schools in the country. To their surprise,no positive outcome from the meeting.
The earlier report from the ministry of education, schools were to reopen in January 2021. A few weeks ago, there has been pressure from a section of parents who demanded immediate reopening of schools.
It's also emerged that there has been increased lobbying pushed by private schools owners compelling the government to reconsider reopening dates.
Due to public pressure, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Maghoha, announced phased reopening of schools starting November where only candidates were to report to school and some college students.
However, Prof Maghoha has been occasionally heard saying that the decision was not cast on stone and could change depending on the virus trend. There has been significant drop on the number of confirmed covid 19 cases.
According to Prof Maghoha, it's the President's decision that will determine the reopening of schools after a larger stakeholders' conference to be headed by Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang'i and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe by September 25.
It's expected that a conclusive resolution about the reopening of schools will be established.
On the other hand, some school heads are of the opinion that schools should be reopened in October but the National Examinations to be administered at the end of February.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General, Wilson Sossion, has faulted reopening in October and early examinations as premature.