Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe revealed that the school reopening dates on January are not final and can change at any given time.
Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange on Wednesday the 18th of November 2020, Kagwe maintained that the date was subject to review.
He further explained that despite education CS George Magoha issuing an academic calendar, the actual reopening date might be later than what he announced. According to him, the government will assess the situation first before allowing the students back to school.
“We target periods when we want to reopen schools, we don’t have specific dates and nothing is cast in stone. If by the 4th of January, the situation will be deemed as risky, then we will not reopen,” Kagwe stated.
Kagwe, however, urged parents not to pose their children to the deadly virus by disobeying MoH guidelines. According to the CS, parents should avoid outlawed social gatherings and also frequently visiting bars.
Were we ready?
Kenyans have cast a shadow of doubt on the government after more students continued contracting Covid-19 since schools reopened. Many citizens have questioned the ministry’s move, wondering whether the country was ready to reopen in the first place.
Two weeks ago, five teachers and 68 students in Bahati Girls High School in Nakuru tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Kariuki Gichuki, Nakuru County health Services Committee member, one student developed complications. The student is currently at the Nakuru Covid-19 isolation centre receiving treatment.
She also disclosed that an additional 115 students are in quarantine.
The country has recorded an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in schools with a student dying recently from Kakamega suspected to have succumbed to the virus.
CS Kagwe also warned Kenyans against laxity and thinking that the Covid-19 situation in Kenya is under control.
“Kenyans are dancing with death. It’s worse than ever before,” Kagwe said.